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Abbe Museum free admission program to continue in 2016

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Thanks to the generosity of Machias Savings Bank, admission will be free on select dates

BAR HARBOR The Abbe Museum will continue to offer free admission in 2016, thanks to the generosity of Machias Savings Bank. Admission will be free on select days throughout the summer and fall, as well as from November through December.

'For the past 24 years, Machias Savings Bank has been an incredibly generous supporter of the Abbe Museum,' said Abbe President and CEO Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko. 'Thanks to their support, our free admission program during the 2015 winter months made a substantial impact on the Maine community. Not only did our visitor numbers dramatically increasefrom approximately 900 in 2014 to 1,100 in 2015we also received verbal and written comments from guests about how pleased they were to be able to visit the Museum for free during the quieter months.'

As Maine's first and only Smithsonian Affiliate, the Abbe's free admission program aligns nicely with the Smithsonian's goal of being easily accessible to the public, and it helps raise the Abbe's statewide visibility as the only museum dedicated solely to sharing the story of the Wabanaki Nations. In 2016, the Abbe will be open free to the public on the following dates:

Opening day (May 1)

Memorial Day (May 30)

July 4th

Labor Day (Sept. 5)

Indigenous Peoples' Day (Oct. 10)

Winter of 2016 (Thursdays-Saturdays in November and December)

The Abbe anticipates a lot more traffic in 2016 due in part to the opening of a new core exhibit and it being Acadia's centennial year. Offering free admission on key dates will give visitors something the Museum has never actually done before: free admittance on high profile, popular holidays.

'We at Machias Savings Bank are once again honored to partner with the Abbe Museum to offer free admission to all that the Museum has to offer,' said Branch Manager Matt Horton. "And especially with the installation of the new core exhibit, People of the First Light, I encourage everyone to take the time and visit.'

The Abbe is currently closed through the end of April 2016 while its new core exhibit is designed and installed in the Museum's main gallery. The exhibit, People of the First Light, is the first large-scale permanent exhibit of its kind for the Abbe.


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