The Bar Harbor Historical Society

The Bar Harbor Historical Society

The Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic places, is located at 33 Ledgelawn Avenue, Bar Harbor. The concept which eventually grew to be the Bar Harbor Historical Society originated in the summer of 1945. In that year, a committee was formed from the directors of the Jesup Library. They decided to exhibit old photographs and pamphlets showing the town's past in memory of George B. Dorr, the father of Acadia National Park, who died in 1944.The exhibit was such a success that when it closed, the committee was inspired to maintain a permanent exhibit of all historical materials relating to the town of Bar Harbor. The exhibit originally opened in the former Children's room of the Jesup Memorial Library on August 19, 1946. Since then the collection has grown steadily and we gradually outgrew our space. Fortunately, in November 1997 we were able to purchase the building (formerly the St. Edwards Convent) at 33 Ledgelawn Avenue.Through the generosity of the year-round residents and summer visitors we celebrated "burning" the mortgage on December 9, 2000. The many gifts of memorabilia, maps, antique clothing and pictures continue to expand the displays.


33 Ledgelawn Avenue Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

(207) 288-0000

Curator Direct Line:
(207) 288-3807

Summer Hours:
Mid-June to October
Monday-Friday 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Winter Hours:
Open by appointment
Please call (207) 288-3807 or (207) 288-0000

Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and Holidays


The Fire Of '47 DVDs are IN!

Presented by the Bar Harbor Historical Society, The Fire of '47 was Directed by Peter Logue and produced by Kimberly Swan. The film documents the historic fire of 1947 that devastated large portions Bar Harbor. The Criterion Theatre sold out for the premiere of the film and the following showing.