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Museums and Other Cultural Organizations


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: Opening July 2: Tuesday & Thursday by appointment only (limit 10 people at a time)  
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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: We won't open this summer due to concerns about safety in the wake of COVID-19. See you in 2021!  
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Charlotte Rhoades Park and Butterfly Garden   
207-266-6047
Our 22nd 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 Release event has been canceled for 2020.
Open: 11AM to sunset daily; please follow COVID-19 protocols.  
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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: Open 11AM-5PM. Face Coverings must be worn.  
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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 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: By Appointment Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 10:00am-3:00pm Sat & Sun: closed  
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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: Open daily 10-4 thru October BY APPOINTMENT ONLY  
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Related page: Galleries and Studios, Historical Societies


PO Box 1143, Southwest Harbor ME 04679
207-244-9264
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