BAR HARBOR — The Abbe Museum will continue to offer free admission through April 30, then from Nov. 1 through Dec. 22, thanks to a gift from Machias Savings Bank.
The Abbe staff is currently designing and installing two new exhibits, “Twisted Path IV: Vital Signs” and the 2017 Waponahki Student Art Show, both of which will open in April. In addition, the museum’s new core exhibit, “People of the First Light,” is open and offers visitors a wide variety of content and perspectives around more than 12,000 years of history, conflict, adaptation and survival in the Wabanaki homeland.
“Since close to 80 percent of our visitors come from more than 120 miles away, and are typically one-time visitors, the free admission program has catered to Maine residents, which is an audience we’ve been trying to engage with more often since we opened our downtown location back in 2001,” said Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko, Abbe Museum president and CEO.
“Thanks to Machias Savings Bank, the Abbe’s statewide visibility continues to grow in the off-season through this free admission program, drawing more repeat Maine visitors every year.”
The Abbe is currently open Thursdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., through April 30. From May 1 through Oct. 31, the museum will be open seven days a week. The Abbe’s Acadia National Park location at Sieur de Monts Spring will be open seven days a week from mid-May to mid-October.