Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

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Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium
4.5
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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An inspired, eclectic collection that started as a "cabinet of curiosities" during the Victorian era. Displays include taxidermy, shells, tools, mummies, and artifacts from around the world. Don't miss John Hampson's "Bug Art" -- mosaics made entirely of beetles and moths -- and the seasonal native butterfly house (in the summer). Home to Vermont's only public planetarium (temporarily closed due to COVID19) and the Eye on the Sky weather center.
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travelingteacher51
Pepperell, MA1,420 contributions
Always something more to learn. I have been here a few times over the years. Although it hasn't changed much, there is always something else to learn and many things to relearn. It is a must for children over the age of 3. Nature, sciences, cultures. Friendly staff, clean, safe and not expensive. Check the website for classes.
Written September 19, 2020
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SirAnakin
Massachusetts13 contributions
Family
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 better than the next. We also took in the presentation at the Planetarium and the lecturer was so spot on. There is not a whole lot to see in St. Johnsbury, VT, but we plan on making a second trip when we have more time to spend in this wonderful museum.
Written February 1, 2014
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FormerIslander
Vermont14 contributions
Tucked away in a quaint New England town, sits one of New England's best kept secrets: The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium. The museum was designed by architect Lambert Packard and opened in 1891 and once you enter, you'll be taken aback by the oak barrel ceiling as well as the spiral staircase. You'll notice right away the uniqueness of this museum as opposed to newer, more modern ones with all the lights and noise, and that's the fun of it. To be standing in front of a 1200 lb bull moose or a polar bear that's probably 100 years old, is quite an experience. The dim lights and quietness of this place brings you to a meditative state. Bring your camera and make sure you save time to thoroughly enjoy yourself. Oh, did I mention the museum houses Vermont's only public planetarium? Shows are quite fun and informative and are every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30 pm.

I love taking friends and relatives who are visiting out of town. I'm a local and I am blessed to have such a wonderful place in my backyard. Hope you enjoy it too.
Written December 30, 2009
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Sarah S
Shelburne, VT685 contributions
Th is is a very special museum and one that is definitely worth visiting. A collection of the Fairbanks family and a gem for this small town in Vermont's northeast corner. Lots to see and learn and well informed exhibits. We were looking forward to attending the planetarium show which was supposed to be about astronomy and the presenter instead did a show on rocketry and it was far less than we had hoped for. His presentation was lackluster at best and it was not what we expected, especially after we had attended one previously that was FAR better. Our impression was that he did not want to be working that day and was only "going through the motions". We expected better and know the planetarium has great shows, this one was clearly off the mark. Everything else was great. Be sure to include a trip to this museum!
Written May 2, 2022
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Road Trip Explorer
Maine294 contributions
Couples
This was an accidental find while visiting Saint Johnsbury. The displays are diverse and fascinating. The planetarium show was fun and informative. To top it off it is truly a beautiful building to tour.
Written August 31, 2017
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Film G
New England857 contributions
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 is nicely done. Kid friendly. Quirky in a positive sense, this is one of those strange museums that will stick with you a while.
Written April 19, 2015
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CanadianButterfly60
Montreal, Canada121 contributions
Couples
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.
Written October 24, 2014
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wmitch6
Ledyard, CT71 contributions
Family
Mostly a very large, faded collection of stuffed birds and mammals with the odd civil war rifle and odds and ends. Not worth going out of your way. A better choice is a stop at the St Johnsbury Atheneum to voew there at collection that includes a huge Bierstadt.
Written June 30, 2012
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teach2016
Hamilton, NY82 contributions
This was a very unique museum in a very small town. There were animals from all over the world brought back home with a family that was bringing culture and education to their community.
Written December 30, 2019
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ccervant59
25 contributions
Remember that all the taxidermy animals are over a hundred years old so at the time of collection many of the species were not endangered. That said, you get a real sense of size and appreciation for nature while realizing those now-extinct animals come from man's disregard for their lives.
Written October 23, 2019
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  • Wed - Sun 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM