Bar Harbor Whale Museum, Maine


Bar Harbor Whale Museum

The Bar Harbor Whale Museum is a must see for the whole family. Whale song sets the mood as you explore educational and fun displays. Sit in the recording booth, watch video presentations, or interact with hands on exhibits.

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  • The Bar Harbor Whale Museum, 52 West Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
  • Telephone (207)-288-0288
  • May to June, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July and August, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • September and October 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Winter hours by appointment.


All exhibits at the Whale Museum are specific to the coastal waters of Maine. The large whale skeletons, and other natural exhibits are of marine mammals, stranded locally, and prepared by the students and staff of the College of the Atlantic.

The museum is free to the public and supported by donations. These donations go directly to local research efforts, education and programs like the Marine Mammal Stranding and Response Program; responsible for the rescue of these animals.

Visitors will learn about these efforts, as well as other environmental issues facing our coastal waters, through these engaging exhibits . Special programs are also offered during the season. Please call for more information.

The Bar Harbor Whale Museum’s gift shop has numerous related items that are perfect educational gifts, or keepsakes of fun memories. All proceeds benefit public education efforts, research, and rescue programs for marine mammals.


Located on 52 West Street, the Bar Harbor Whale Museum is a short distance from everything “Bar Harbor” including ocean views, shops, restaurants, and local lodging. It is easily accessed by car, foot or the local Island Explorer bus service.


The museum is open daily from May to October, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. with extended hours in July and August, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Winter hours are available by appointment.


Free to public. Donations are accepted and appreciated.


Call the Bar Harbor Whale Museum for more information at 207-288-0288 or visit their website: