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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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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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Nice museum and architecture

Great way to spend a rainy afternoon. Nice collection. Worth the time to check it out. The building's architecture is notable.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 16, 2015
June H
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Shelby Township, Michigan
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Wilmington, Delaware
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304 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

If you're in the area with nothing to do, this place is good, but don't go out of your way. An hour here was enough.

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Shelby Township, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Great way to spend a rainy afternoon. Nice collection. Worth the time to check it out. The building's architecture is notable.

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Braselton, Georgia
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71 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Excellent place to visit. The structure/architecture alone is worth the visit. Highly recommend if you are into planetariums.

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Aurora
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143 reviews
67 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

The history here is that a local wealthy family liked to travel and collect indigenous artifacts. They had good taste and bought lots. Their tastes were broad, and you get not just around 2000 beautifully stuffed birds of all description, but Egyptian mummies of cats, ancient Hebrew scrolls, Papuan head coverings, Cossack sabres -- you name it. The planetarium show... More 

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Fairfax, Vermont
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50 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

New equipment in the planterium along with the cleverly crafted script make this a trip well worth doing. It is a small planterium but none the less, a great experience. Cost is relatively cheap compared to other venues. The town itself is lovely.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is a very nice natural history museum, on a very nice scale. I especially like the architecture of the building. It reminds me a lot of a smaller version of the Harvard University Natural History Museum.

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London, United Kingdom
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161 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 309 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

My company organised a dinner event in this museum and the whole experience of the visit, cocktail and dinner was very well organised. A nice place to visit

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Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 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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Palm Desert, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 103 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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Additional Information about Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

Address: 1302 Main St, Saint Johnsbury, VT
Phone Number: 802 748 2372
Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Northeast Kingdom  >  Saint Johnsbury
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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