George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History, Bar Harbor

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The George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History investigates, interprets and displays the natural world of Maine. All exhibits are designed and produced by students at College of the Atlantic.

The Museum is housed in the original headquarters of Acadia National Park, renovated and expanded to provide a unique site for exhibits, programs, and activities.

The gift shop offers a wonderful selection of books, gifts, toys and jewelry for children and adults related to the natural sciences.

The Dorr Museum features dioramas of coastal Maine wildlife and a tide pool tank that houses a variety of live sea stars, hermit crabs, snails and other marine creatures for visitors to touch and observe. Our exhibits showcase student work and are fun and educational for all ages.
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  • We went to the museum to see lots of animals and sealife. The people there were very pleasant and helpful and very good to the grandchildren who are only four. They love the museum and they love some....  more »
  • Realistic diorama glass cases of Maine wildlife and a marine touch tank. Children will love visiting this museum.  more »
  • This is a wonderful museum! It may be small but they have put a lot of work into the exhibits! Our kids age 11,10,9,8 and 8 months loved it! They enjoyed seeing the animals and the skeletons! The adults in our group especially enjoyed learning new facts about the animals in this region! We would absolutely recommend going if you are near the Bar Harbor area! It is free but the ask for donations. It is a worthy cause!
  • Excellent, quaint museum. Best "touch" tank in the area. Starfish (seastars), sea cucumbers, huge sea snails, etc. Awesome for kids and adults. Admission is by donations. Very nice exhibits and very modern and clean building. Nice staff. This should be a must stop on every visit to the area! Check times for when open and least busy.
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