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George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History

105 Eden St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1136
+1 207-288-5395
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Take your pic by the whale skull!

This is a great place to see dioramas of area animals, sea glass and a tide pool. All the exhibits... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Thomas D
Touch/feel water tank - great for kids

A good place to go on a rainy day. Has stuffed animals on all the area wildlife. Has a touch/feel... read more

Reviewed 24 July 2017
Laurianne T
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The George B. 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 work by College of the Atlantic students and are fun and educational for all ages. Our Mission Statement: The George B. Dorr Museum promotes student learning in natural history and its role in human ecological study at College of the Atlantic. The Museum fosters student work in collections, educational programming, and exhibitions in order to deepen public understanding of the relationships among the natural, social, and built environments.
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105 Eden St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1136
+1 207-288-5395
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to see dioramas of area animals, sea glass and a tide pool. All the exhibits have been done by students of the college and they have done an amazing job! The front desk girl was very well informed and answered...More

Thank Thomas D
Reviewed 24 July 2017

A good place to go on a rainy day. Has stuffed animals on all the area wildlife. Has a touch/feel water tank where you can pick up the starfish etc.

Thank Laurianne T
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

This place was very well kept and the staff were friendly. I don't mind donating at all to support it. The exhibits were nice, I just personally don't love taxidermy in general. It would likely be better for a slightly older child-my son is only...More

1  Thank JennHMA
Reviewed 28 June 2017

found this place by accident. Its right on the campus so we went on a foggy day. Very helpful info and really a lot of good info about the local area

Thank Debdegraaff
Reviewed 16 June 2017

The natural history exhibits in this museum are excellent. There are lots of exhibits about a wide variety of different animals and birds. The are very well done and contain lots of very interesting information. There is plenty to see so you can easily spend...More

Thank fleurymaple
Reviewed 5 May 2017

I loved this natural museum, gave you an insight to the local animal habitat.... all the exhibits were beautifully illustrated & presented.... will visit every time I'm in Bar HArbor....

Thank susanlK8769XN
Reviewed 24 October 2016

This college-operated museum is a gem: From the National Park Service ranger's humorously delivered but abundantly educational presentation on local ocean species to the taxidermy specimens (created by students), accompanied by informative plaques, this small museum allows visitors to see the "shy" wildlife they might...More

Thank Cara O
Reviewed 2 September 2016

Very neat place with a touch tank. I held a starfish which was a really cool experience! In this museum they have all wildlife and they talk about them too! I would return! Its a hidden gem! It was not as crowded as everything else...More

Thank Brie V
Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

The first time we went here I'd put the money in the donation jar and right after it had closed which really stunk but yesterday we took the kids back. It was worth coming back that second time. All the taxidermy is done by students...More

Thank Ann S
Reviewed 17 July 2016

We went to this little museum for the Ranger talk at the touch tank and were so glad that we did. The Ranger, Nate, was entertaining and educational. The museum itself is also quite amazing with well thought out displays that are Smithsonian quality. Easy...More

1  Thank Alicia L
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