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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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Ottawa Canada
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80 reviews 80 reviews
22 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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637 reviews 637 reviews
307 attraction reviews
248 helpful votes 248 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

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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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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144 reviews 144 reviews
58 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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
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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
27 helpful votes 27 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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32 reviews 32 reviews
22 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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Peacham, Vermont
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
18 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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