Acadia Museum of Natural History

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Museum of Natural History

The George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History provides visitors the opportunity to learn about and discover Maine's native species. The museum is located between downtown Bar Harbor and the ferry terminal. Read More

  • Located on Route 3, at the College of the Atlantic campus
  • Admission to the museum is by donation
  • Open during the summer; Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m

History

The George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, named after the true 'Father of Acadia National Park,' is run by the College of the Atlantic. Its purpose is to explore interpret and teach about the natural history of Maine. 

Supporting Education

The exhibits are designed and created by past and current students. The museum occupies what was once the original Park headquarters and has since been renovated and expanded upon to provide room for the many exhibits and programs offered.

Visitors will learn about Maine native plants and animals, have the opportunity to view a marine tank with live sea animals, and be able to browse the gift shop offering COA merchandise, books, toys, jewelry, and other gifts.

Special programs make the museum great for all ages, museum tours, nature walks, scavenger hunts, summer camps, summer lecture series, and other group and family activities. For availability and scheduling of these activities please contact the museum at 207-288-5395.

The exhibits are designed and created by past and current students. The museum occupies what was once the original Park headquarters and has since been renovated and expanded upon to provide room for the many exhibits and programs offered. Visitors will learn about Maine native plants and animals, have the opportunity to view a marine tank with live sea animals, and be able to browse the gift shop offering COA merchandise, books, toys, jewelry, and other gifts.Special programs make the museum great for all ages, museum tours, nature walks, scavenger hunts, summer camps, summer lecture series, and other group and family activities. For availability and scheduling of these activities please contact the museum at 207-288-5395.

Directions

The Museum is located on Route 3, in the College of the Atlantic campus, between downtown Bar Harbor and the ferry terminal. It is easily accessible by car, the free Island Explorer Bus, or by walking from the surrounding hotels.

Hours and Fees

Admission to the museum is by donation. It is open during the summer; Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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