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People of the First Light Exhibit at the Abbe Museum

Date: Sunday May 01, 2016 - Saturday Dec 31, 2016
Time: 9 am - 4 pm


Wabanaki people, their history, and their culture, represent at least a 12,000-year-long experience in their homeland, which includes the Acadia National Park region. This continuous narrative for the Wabanaki people—a historic confederacy between the Abenaki, Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot—offers an extraordinary story of resilience with contemporary meaning and relevance.

People of the First Light, the Abbe Museum’s new, permanent exhibit, will occupy 2,100 square feet of the Museum’s main gallery. In the center of the exhibit, a 20-foot sculptural ash tree will offer a place to sit, reflect, and listen to Wabanaki stories and music.

People of the First Light will use design and content to bring you into the Wabanaki universe. The cyclical nature of time will be strongly reflected in the design of the exhibit, and time depth will be presented in a non-linear pattern.

While the exhibit is considered permanent (15-20-year cycle), it will be constructed so that topics can be easily updated to reflect changing events, and the evolving conversations with Wabanaki advisors will guide updates as needed. The exhibit also includes a brief history of the Museum’s founding and its close relationship to the founding of Acadia National Park.

You will find your experience relevant and engaging each time you visit People of the First Light!

The Museum will be closed through the end of April 2016 while we build and install this new core exhibit.

Summer Hours:
May 1 through October 31, 2016
Open Daily, 10 am – 5 pm

Winter Hours:
November 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017
Thursday through Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm

Please call or visit our website for ticketing information.

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Location: Abbe Museum, 26 Mount Desert St, Bar Harbor, Maine
Contact Name: Heather Anderson
Contact Phone #: (207) 288-3519
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Event Sponsor(s): Abbe Museum 

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