For seventy years the Abbe Museum was located in a modest facility in Acadia National Park. Its collections are principally of Native American artifacts, and the institution has long held close links with the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Maliseet and Micmac tribes, collectively known as the Wabanaki, or People of the First Light. The museum’s new facility in Bar Harbor is housed in a prominent historic building, with a new wing containing galleries, curatorial areas and offices continuing the forms and materials of the original structure. The ceremonial Circle of Four Directions, a form significant to the Wabanaki cultures, signifies an alternative cultural tradition.
Structural Engineer: Simpson, Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.
Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical Engineer: Lanpher Associates, Inc.
Landscape Architect: Coplon Associates
Civil Engineer: Bruce Crawford & Company
General Contractor: E. L. Shea
Photographer: © Peter Vanderwarker Photographer
Photographer: © Steve Traficonte