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Bar Harbor Historical Society Museum
Ranked #58 of 73 things to do in Bar Harbor
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The history of the guilded age is on full display at this outstanding local museum. Numerous pictures of the cottages which lined the shores of bar harbor in the days of conspicuous consumption and the ships which plied its waters. Sandy is the volunteer who offers a wealth of information including her own experience as a “towel girl” at JP Morgans Bar Harbor Club. The limited hours of operation - 1pm-4pm - may cause an issue for a visit but is well worth factoring in to your time. See you there!

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

This Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic places. It all began when a committee for formed in 1945 and they decided to exhibit old photographs and pamphlets showing Bar harbor's past in memory of George B. Dorr who died in 1944 and was also the father of Acadia national Park. An interesting history of Old Bar Harbor. Entrance admission is FREE of charge!!!

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Reviewed 1 September 2017

Lot's of wonderful pictures and memorabilia. I wish they had it organized better. I had expected to learn about the history of Bar Harbor and those that helped to create it. This site was not organized to provide that information.

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Reviewed 8 October 2016

This museum is not to be missed in the grand scheme of the "working class" vs the "moneyed class" of the late 19th century/early 20th century and its impact on modern day finances. Our volunteer docent was polite and knowledgeable, but sadly, seemed bored when I asked questions about the 1947 fire which destroyed the many wealthy people's "cottages" in the hills above Bar Harbor. He did, however, tell me that David Rockefeller is still alive and is over 100 years old! Wow!!

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Reviewed 26 September 2016

I’m a history buff and decided to take a look at the Bar Harbor History Museum (it was also an exceptionally hot day). The museum is located on the first floor of a house in town. It is filled with pictures of the history of Mount Desert Island and Bar Harbor. A large part of the island and town burned in 1947 and I asked them about the “cottage” that used to occupy the land our hotel is now standing on. The lovely ladies at the museum knew the answer immediately and showed me a picture of the old mansion. If you like history, the museum is definitely worth a few minutes of your time.

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