Opened in 2001 as an in-town extension of the smaller, simpler museum at the Sieur de Monts spring in the national park, the Abbe Museum showcases a top-rate collection of Native American artifacts. It’s Maine’s only Smithsonian affiliate and one of the best museums in the state. The core exhibit, People of the First Light, explores the centrality of the four Wabanaki nations to Maine life and culture and gives context to the museum’s collection of Wabanaki artifacts and contemporary art. Temporary exhibits might focus on anything from (impressive) Wabanaki basketmaking to student art from Maine’s tribes.