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Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

1302 Main St, Saint Johnsbury, VT
802 748 2372
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Museums, Natural History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: A museum that resembles a storybook castle offers a variety: vintage toys and weapons to fossils and antiques.
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Marlboro, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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136 reviews 136 reviews
32 attraction reviews
97 helpful votes 97 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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26 reviews 26 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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94 reviews 94 reviews
27 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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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753 reviews 753 reviews
364 attraction reviews
310 helpful votes 310 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
18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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Top Contributor
172 reviews 172 reviews
73 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

This museum has lots of variety and is easy to find. We spent time looking at the exhibits and then went for lunch. We returned to take in a planetarium show that was very interesting. All in all we had a great day at the museum.

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Plattsburgh NY
16 reviews 16 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Visitors of all ages could spend a few hours poking around the eclectic exhibits. My son attended Astronomy Camp and had a great time. This museum seems to offer many interesting programs for area children. The staff that we interacted with were young, energetic and fun, which was also nice to see.

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Manchester, Connecticut
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74 reviews 74 reviews
7 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

This is an exceptional mid-sized natural history museum. The displays are packed in tightly and contain a great variety of taxidermied specimens, but the collection is particularly strong with birds. The upper level is a hodgepodge, with East Asian musical instruments, Civil War relicts, Egyptian vessels, Roman amphora, and so on. But this eclecticism tended to enhance our interest because... More

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