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Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

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Address: 1302 Main St, Saint Johnsbury, VT
Phone Number: 802 748 2372
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: A museum that resembles a storybook castle offers a variety: vintage toys...
A museum that resembles a storybook castle offers a variety: vintage toys and weapons to fossils and antiques.
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Newly upgraded planterium......so worth the trip!

New equipment in the planterium along with the cleverly crafted script make this a trip well worth doing. It is a small planterium but none the less, a great experience. Cost... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Jackie B
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Fairfax, Vermont
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Fairfax, Vermont
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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

New equipment in the planterium along with the cleverly crafted script make this a trip well worth doing. It is a small planterium but none the less, a great experience. Cost is relatively cheap compared to other venues. The town itself is lovely.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is a very nice natural history museum, on a very nice scale. I especially like the architecture of the building. It reminds me a lot of a smaller version of the Harvard University Natural History Museum.

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London, United Kingdom
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473 reviews 473 reviews
128 attraction reviews
259 helpful votes 259 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

My company organised a dinner event in this museum and the whole experience of the visit, cocktail and dinner was very well organised. A nice place to visit

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Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
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74 reviews 74 reviews
24 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

1889 must have been a stellar year for Franklin Fairbanks and the town if Saint Johnsbury! The man was a collector with the money to acquire artifacts from all over the world. The current thinking is that less is more, so display cases are being removed, lighting is being updated, and every creature great and small has been dusted and... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

We took in a very interesting show in the planetarium then toured the museum. I would suggest 2 hours to walk around the displays. The collection is varied and impossible to pigeon-hole but interesting for sure.

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chicago, illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
26 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This tiny museum displays the collection of Mr. Fairbanks and his travels. The building is beautiful with a wooden barreled ceiling. The displays are varied: there are many stuffed birds and mammals but also an incredible variety of cultural and aural artifacts. It is worth a stop.

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Marlboro, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Upon entering this beautiful building, we were a bit disappointed that most of the museum consisted of taxidermy gone wild! The cases were overcrowded and needed cleaning. Some of the specimens were not even native to the Vermont area. We paid the additional fee for the planetarium show which was really not worth it. The person running this on the... More 

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Wernersville PA
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51 reviews 51 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We were going to be stopping in Littleton NH and were looking for something else to do in the area and this Museum popped up. Minimal entrance fee and a beautiful old building. For a small museum they had the most examples of (stuffed) birds I have ever seen. They also have some other animals that I have never heard... More 

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Palo Alto, CA
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148 reviews 148 reviews
37 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

This is what a museum should look like. The collection is very eclectic mix. More stuffed animals than one can count. Displays about local history. Displays about natural phenomena. Even a planetarium presentation. The building itself is a treat. Altogether a wonderful, fascinating place to spend a couple of hours.

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St. Catharines, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

The museum was pretty decent for a local variety- the downstairs is comprised of animals (I believe most were a product of taxidermy from a museum contributor). The upstairs has historical pieces geared more towards history and different genres. The major star of this place is the planetarium. It is worth the extra $2. You watch a short video and... More 

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