Maine Historical Society



A Past Exhibit

Designing Acadia: Creating Maine's National Park Experience

Exhibition on view June 17, 2016 through January 14, 2017
MHS Gallery

Cadillac Mountain road, Acadia National Park, ca. 1935

On the Scenic Cadillac Mt. Road, Bar Harbor, ca. 1935

For one hundred years, Acadia National Park has captured the American imagination and stood as the most recognizable symbol of Maine's important natural history and identity. Tourists traveled to Mount Desert Island for decades before the creation of our national park system to experience and enjoy nature. But most do not realize that experience has been purposefully designed. The design of the park as a public space sought to create vistas, sight lines, and diverse opportunities for visitors to experience Mt. Desert Island's special and varied landscape. From the breathtaking views, to the roads and trails we use today, each section of the Park was carefully considered to both protect the environment and to enhance the visitor experience. Designing Acadia, on display during Acadia's centennial anniversary year in 2016, explored the landscape design that visitors continue to experience today.

Online Exhibition