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Museums and Other Cultural Organizations


Mount Desert Island Historical Society   207-276-9323
Founded in 1931, promotes the study and understanding of the people and the history of this island and of history's relevance today. We celebrate the lives of the people, and the events that have shaped, and will continue to shape,island history.
Open: Daily 10 to 4  
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Seal Cove Auto Museum   207-244-9242
Celebrating the cultural and industrial innovations of the earliest autos with family-friendly exhibits and activities. The collection has over 50 automobiles, motorcycles, and bicycles from the Brass Era, 1895-1917.
Open: May 1 - October 31: Open every day, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
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Southwest Harbor Congregational Church   207-244-4300
Southwest Harbor Congregational Church was founded in 1792 and has the distinction of being the first church organized on Mount Desert Island. Our current vision is to Love God, Love Each Other, and Love the World.
Open: Year Round  
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Southwest Harbor Historical Society   207-244-8063
Dedicated to the preservation, documentation, and presentation of the history of the Town of Southwest Harbor since, and prior to incorporation as a Town in 1905.
Open: By chance, during meetings, or by appointment  
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Southwest Harbor Public Library   207-244-7065
Our Mission: To be the place where people of all ages and backgrounds come to improve literacy, explore new ideas and pursue lifelong learning interests.
Open: MON, TUES, THURS & FRI: 9:00am - 5:00pm WED: 9:00am - 8:00pm SAT: 9:00am - 1:00pm  
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The Barn Arts Collective   207-412-9435
The Barn Arts Collective creates and encourages community through the practice and presentation of live arts events. Performances at the Barn at 130 Tremont Rd. in Bass Harbor happen throughout the year and every weekend in the summer.
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The Maine Granite Industry Historical Society   207-244-7299
Granite quarrying began in Maine as early as 1830 & is still a large industry with quarries in several areas. Our museum houses 100's of tools, photos, Union badges, constitutions, books and more. Groups are welcome - call for an appointment!
Open: April 1 to November 31 Tuesday - Sunday 10am - 4pm. Winter months by appointment.  
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Tremont Historical Society   207-244-9753
Programs of historical interest are presented at monthly meetings during the summer, which are at 7 P.M. on the fourth Monday of each month at the Bass Harbor Memorial Library. The Country Store Museum is open MWF 1-4 July - Columbus Day.
Open: MWF 1:00-4:00 p.m. July thru Columbus Day or by appointment  
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Wendell Gilley Museum   207-244-7555
People + Nature + Art: Celebrating the life and work of a pioneer of decorative bird carving. Teaching the art through exhibitions and education. Inspiring appreciation of the visual arts & creativity and respect for the natural world.
Open: Open Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 4 Closed Sunday and Monday  
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Acadia Repertory Theatre   207-244-7260
Dedicated to producing interesting stories about interesting people in its intimate performance space, the theatre has staged the works of playwrights ranging from Sophocles to Shakespeare to Shaw to Neil Simon.
Open: June - September  
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Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden   207-266-6047
Our 21st year! For visitors of all ages, visit a coastal butterfly habitat in Downeast Maine and see how careful organic gardening practices can sustain and protect butterflies. Annual Butterfly is July 25 at 3:30PM - reservations required. Go to our web site for ticket purchase.
Open: Opening Late Spring to mid October  
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PO Box 1143, Southwest Harbor ME 04679
207-244-9264
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