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Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

1302 Main St, Saint Johnsbury, VT
802 748 2372
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Plattsburgh NY
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

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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73 reviews 73 reviews
7 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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Massachusetts
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

My husband and 4 year old had a couple of hours to kill today in Littleton, NH, so we decided to go for a ride and landed in St. Johnsbury, VT. We came across this wonderful unexpected treasure the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium. The exhibits were very old but so fascinating and amazing at the same time. Each one was... More

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South Hadley
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We chanced upon this delightful museum which still bears its original name of "Museum of Natural Science" engraved in the old brownstone arch, right on the main street of St Johnsbury. Inside we were delighted to see the many exhibits and the original architecture, including a beautiful vaulted ceiling and an open balcony around the second level. This museum feels... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

I grew up in the area and I recently had the pleasure of bringing my husband to the museum for the first time. It is such an unusual attraction for this area of the country... who would think that there would be a Victorian natural history museum in small town VT? The building is beautiful, and the antique atmosphere of... More

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Lyndonville
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56 reviews 56 reviews
18 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

A visit to the Fairbanks Museum is like a trip back in time. Almost the entire museum consists of items and displays dating back to the original founder Franklin Fairbanks and his philanthropy work to the town of St. Johnsbury. There is as much education to be gleaned from the walls and structure as there is to be gained by... More

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St. John's, Canada
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79 reviews 79 reviews
20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

This was an eclectic collection of birds, animals and miscelany collected worldwide. There were old banknotes, items from asia and objets d'art. A fascination collection from a fascinating man.

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Cleveland,ohio
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

This a lovely little museum if you understand what you will be visiting. It is mainly taxidermy from the late 1800s. It is well done and nice break on a cold or rainy day.

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Fairfax, Vermont
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

I have been visiting this museum for over 15 years. It is worth the 1 hr and 20 min drive. Well preserved exhibits, very nicely maintained. Planetarium a little small but fine for the crowd that does come. If in the area try to visit, especially with children. You won't regret it.

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Jakarta
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18 reviews 18 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Good size place for a small town museum. The collections is superb, you learn a lot. We did enjoy it very much!

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