Somesville Historical Museum & Gardens

Step into our gardens and into the past at the scenic and historic
Selectman’s building and Somesville Museum.

Open from 10-4 every day in August and then on weekends through Columbus Day weekend. 

The Somesville Historical Museum sits at the heart of the island's history.  Constructed in 1981, the building overlooks an ancient mill pond and tranquil Somes Harbor with Sargent and Norumbega Mountains in the distance.  

Beside the Museum, plants of the 19th and early 20th centuries bloom in a lovely Heirloom Garden from late May to October.  The garden has become a focus for education about the flowering plants and herbs which have flourished on MDI.  A directory of the plants and herbs and their uses may be purchased inside the Museum.

New exhibits featuring Mount Desert Island history topics are installed each summer in the Museum space. 

Somesville Bridge

Days & Hours: Somesville Historical Museum & Gardens
Open from 10 to 4 every day in July and August, and on weekends in the fall. 
Admission: No charge, but donations are appreciated.

Directions to Somesville Historical Museum & Gardens: From Ellsworth, follow Route 3 to Mount Desert Island. After the bridge and Thompson Island, bear right at the traffic light, then follow Routes 102/198 for 4 miles.  Continue through the traffic light in Somesville and proceed one-half mile to Oak Hill Road. Turn right on Oak Hill Road; the parking lot is on your immediate left.  

From Bar Harbor, take Route 233 to the intersection with Route 198.  Turn right and proceed to the traffic light in Somesville.  Turn left on Route 102.  Proceed one-half mile to Oak Hill Road.  Turn right on Oak Hill Road; the parking lot is on your immediate left.