Q: Are the skeletons in this museum real?
A: Yes! All of our skeletons come from animals that died of natural causes. They were prepared by students or staff of the College of the Atlantic.
Q: Do I have to pay an admission fee?
A: No! Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. All proceeds support marine conservation and education efforts.
Q: When did the museum first open?
A: The museum opened in 1991, but sole management was taken over by College of the Atlantic in 2003.
Q: How do I get there?
A: We’re in downtown Bar Harbor. Go to our contact page and Click Here For Driving Directions .
Q: Can we buy whale watch tickets at the museum?
A: No, but they are available at the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, located at 1 West St. Or visit them at www.whalesrus.com.
Q: Do you offer group tours?
A: Yes. Please call well in advance so we can plan your visit.
Q: What kind of whales will I see on a whale watch in Maine?
A: The most commonly seen are finbacks, humpbacks or Minke whales. To see the many other species, visit: http://www.barharborwhales.com/educational.php
Q: How much will I learn about marine life after touring the museum?
A: Lots! It takes about one hour to fully explore the museum. You can play educational computer games, assemble our Minke whale bone puzzle, learn about climate change, or ask our staff any number of questions about marine life in the Gulf of Maine.