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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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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Beautiful Museum and Great Planetarium

Took my Grandson here and he had a wonderful time. The exhibits are well done and maintained. We went to the 1 hour Planetarium show and it was well worth it. It held my 6 year... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Bonnie H
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Charles Town, West Virginia
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Charles Town, West Virginia
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74 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Took my Grandson here and he had a wonderful time. The exhibits are well done and maintained. We went to the 1 hour Planetarium show and it was well worth it. It held my 6 year old grandson's interest. Steve Maleski did a wonderful job and took the time after to talk to us.

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Thank Bonnie H
Karlsruhe, Germany
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6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is definitely not the biggest museum but the planetarium is great. The team in the planetarium was great and was kind enough to answer all of our questions even when the show was over already!

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Thank Denny_117
Boston, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum is a mixed collection of past and present. Lots of activities for children, classes for those with week long stays in the area. Man science items, wildlife of the area. Eye on The Sky weather reports are broadcast from the museum

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Thank Barb R
Danville, Vermont
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is a gem of a museum, both in terms of content and architecture. Filled with an amazing collection of birds, flora and fauna in the the dioramas, as well as artifacts collected locally and from around the world. Don't miss the sweet planetarium, and try to catch the broadcast of the midday weather forecast located downstairs in it's own... More 

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Thank catinvt
West Park, New York
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16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed our visit to the museum. If you are interested in birds this is the place for you; the extensive collection of birds was very impressive. We enjoyed the dinosaur exhibit as well. The building is an exhibit in itself; we were fascinated by the design and atmosphere. It doesn't take long to explore and is reasonably priced.... More 

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Thank Kristina M
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30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Great museum. Enjoyed the vast amount of wild life displays. During my visit there was a visiting dinosaur exhibit. Upstairs a nice world cultural collection. I did not go into the planaterium because it was a separate cost. I would suggest this museum especially if the weather is not good or you have young children.

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Thank AQflyer
East Middlebury
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8 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We visited the Fairbanks Museum with our children ages 5 & 9. While this is a beautiful building with spiral staircases and a plethora of taxidermy animals of all sorts (but mostly birds, 3500 we were told and I believe it), this was of more interest to my husband and I then for the kids. While they do have a... More 

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Thank Jolene N
Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

It is located in a beautiful old building. The museum is small. Plan to spend about an hour. Very nicely done. Upstairs is the planetarium. The presentation was interesting and lasted about 30 minutes. Geared for all ages to enjoy.

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Norman, OK
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257 reviews
90 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

This is not a huge museum, but both the exterior and interior are very photogenic, and worth at least a brief visit if you happen to be in St.Johnsbury. The exhibit consists of collectibles, taxidermy, and artifacts amassed by industrialist Franklin Fairbanks from all over the world. While the museum is vastly smaller than the Smithsonian, Field Museum, Museum of... More 

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Champlain, New York
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21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Not as great as I thought it would be, however, for the pricing I can not complain. Wouldn't recommend your going out of your way to visit, but if in area and looking for something to do give it a try.

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