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Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

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Address: 1302 Main St, Saint Johnsbury, VT 05819-2248
Phone Number: 802 748 2372
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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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Surprised by fabulous displays and a great planetarium show

My wife and I unexpectedly ended up in Saint Johnsbury on a sleepy weekday afternoon, and with rain threatening decided to explore the major museum in town before driving back... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
John D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I unexpectedly ended up in Saint Johnsbury on a sleepy weekday afternoon, and with rain threatening decided to explore the major museum in town before driving back east that evening. We were amazed by the many and varied displays, especially the collections of stuffed birds and other wildlife. Luckily, we arrived in time for the last planetarium... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

History, Science,Bugs,Mammals,andReptiles. Native American people the first settlers to outer space .A Planetarium !! Lions,Tigars,and Bears. I’ve been going here for 50 years never gets old

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Thank David M
Wolcott, Vermont
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lots to see and observe. Good for a few minutes to all day. The building is worth seeing alone. Planetarium is small and intimate with excellent shows.

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Victoria, BC Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were not sure what to expect when we walked through the door. They have a very extensive collection of different species of wild life thanks to a local taxidermist. The building also houses a large selection of varied items collected through out the world by Franklin Fairbanks. We also enjoyed viewing the temporary exhibit "X-Ray Vision from the Smithsonian... More 

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Marlton, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a totally wonderful day exploring this unique site. Thanks, Damon, for the extra special attention!

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Thank turkoisern
Saint Peters
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I traveled to Saint Johnsbury specifically for this museum, the town is a great place to visit. The museum itself has a lot of character. First of all the building is worth seeing. To think the town invested in a science museum in the 1890s. I liked how it has been modified over the years to remain relevant. The creaky... More 

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Thank barkus1968
Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is a pretty eclectic bunch of items, many of which have no particular relationship to St. Johnsbury. There is quite a bit to see, everything from Japanese swords and ceramics to Pacific totem poles, and a large portion of the museum is devoted to taxidermy animals. The best part for me was the Planetarium, which has several shows... More 

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Thank LauraFF7
Hampstead, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

I didn't go to the planetarium, but the museum was great. It seemed like it was made to suit my interests. Dinosaurs, medieval armor, ancient weapons, exotic and beautiful insects, birds and lots of hummingbirds...

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Thank Charles B
Southbridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

Amazing museum and planetarium. I was impressed with the collection of Franklin Fairbanks. Everything you can imagine is in this collection. Bug art collection, I thought was a excellent example of creativity. Explore you won't be disappointed

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

We planned on 1 hour and spent 2! Exhibits are excellent quality and if you take time and look carefully there are many treasures to learn about. I had never seen so may types of birds and the taxidermy is top notch. It's across rom the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum on main street and worth the visit.

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