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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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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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Victorian Masterpiece

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 18, 2015
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Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
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Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
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73 reviews 73 reviews
24 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
24 helpful votes 24 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
95 helpful votes 95 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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138 reviews 138 reviews
33 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 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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27 reviews 27 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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Ottawa Canada
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96 reviews 96 reviews
28 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We have a membership to another museum which allows us to visit for free and decided to stop in on our way through Vermont. It is right in downtown St Johnsbury. What a delight! This is, as others have stated, a museum of a museum. No flash or interactive displays, just a bunch of neat stuff. Kids really enjoyed the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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822 reviews 822 reviews
412 attraction reviews
332 helpful votes 332 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

This place has changed very little since Victorian times and in fact the Natural History Museum in London used to look like this. With cabinets of curiosity everywhere. It's a very charming place and well worth an hour or so.

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New Haven, Connecticut
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We were early for our event and looking to waste some time somewhere. We wandered into this museum and were surprised at what a hidden gem it turned out to be! It's quite an eclectic collection and rather small in comparison to some other museums, but if you're in the area it would be a shame to miss it.

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