A snowy owl in one of the museum's many wildlife dioramas.The Dorr Museum features dioramas of coastal Maine wildlife and a tide pool tank that houses a variety of live sea stars, hermit crabs, snails and other marine creatures.  Visitors of all ages can touch, smell, listen and create while learning about the natural history of Maine. All exhibits are designed and produced by students at College of the Atlantic. 

The Museum is housed in the original headquarters of Acadia National Park, renovated and expanded to provide a unique site for exhibits, programs, and activities. 

The gift shop offers a wonderful selection of books, gifts, and jewelry for children and adults related to the natural sciences.

The Island Explorer bus stops directly behind the museum daily throughout the summer. 

School and group programs

The Dorr Museum's touch tank houses a variety of live marine creatures, including these sea stars.Museum staff and students lead a variety of programs and activities encouraging everyone to participate in natural history learning. Programs include: Museum tours, Whale Anatomy and Ecology, Nature Walks and Scavenger Hunts. For more information on school and community group programs, click here.

Contact the Museum for further information or to make arrangements for a visit.



Upcoming events at the Dorr Museum

October 6th, 2023

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    Island Art Show

    Opening Reception: Island Art Show

    4:00pm, George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History A show of student work created on or inspired by Great Duck Island and Mount Desert Rock

October 28th, 2023

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    Children learning about the spooky side of nature at the Dorr Museum

    The Nature of Halloween

    4:00pm, George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History Join students and staff of the College of the Atlantic George B. Dorr Museum of Natural History and Acadia National Park rangers for a spooky evening of fun and learning for all ages.