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BAR HARBOR OnJuly 29 at 6 p.m.,the Abbe Museum will host their signature annual fundraiser at the Bar Harbor Club. The Gathering Gala benefit dinner and auction has become a summer tradition on Mount Desert Island, celebrating the work of the Abbe Museum with a fun evening of food, drink, friendship and philanthropy.

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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.'

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The Museum will reopen on May 1, 2016

BAR HARBOR The Abbe Museum, the first and only Smithsonian Affiliate in the state of Maine, will be closed until April 30, 2016, while a 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.

'The exhibit will occupy approximately 2,100 square feet in our downtown Bar Harbor location,' said Abbe President and CEO, Cinnamon Catlin-Legutko. 'During the course of the past year and a half in planning for our new strategic plan, numerous community conversations occurred and some of those resulted in identifying specific financial sustainability strategies that influence our exhibit planning efforts. The conversations all pointed to the need for a permanent exhibit.'

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