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Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium
1302 Main Street
St. JohnsburyVT
(802) 748-2372

Ages: 0 - 14+

Cost: Adults $8 | Sr & children 5-17 $6 | under 5 free | Planetariaum presentation $5 | Family Pass (museum & planetarium) $36

Parking: Yes

Features: Shop, Handicap Accessible

Founded in 1889 by St. Johnsbury industrialist Franklin Fairbanks, the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium is one of the largest museums of natural history in New England. Today, the Museum's mission remains in harmony with the vision of Franklin Fairbanks: to "...inspire an appreciation and responsibility for our place in the natural world."

Estimates total 175,000 in the following categories:

Natural Science
75,000 (including mounted birds, mammals, reptiles, and fish; insects; nests and eggs; shells; fossils; rocks; minerals; herbarium)

95,000 (including tools, toys, over 2,500 dolls, political memorabilia, textiles, weapons, 55,000 archival photographs and documents.

5,000 (including Oceania, the Near East, Africa, Egypt, Japan, and native North America)

The Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located on 3.0 acres in the heart of St. Johnsbury's Main Street Historical District. The Museum Main building's 21,500 square feet contains three floors of exhibits, the planetarium, the Northern New England Weather Center, a lecture room, a classroom/laboratory, administrative offices, and the Museum Shop.

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Reviewed on 08/22/2013

Honestly they only thing my children enjoy here is the giant globe and the play groups they have here once a month. They have a new nature preschool and have open house once a month. That is great fun and we try to go when they have it. The other part is great if your a adult but children lose interest fast.

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Reviewed on 06/14/2012

We live close to this museum, although its not for young children there is still plenty to do there. I have brought some of the special needs children I work with here but they have loved it. They just did a update to the planetarium so I'm excited to see what it looks like now!

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Reviewed on 05/25/2011

We drove a few hours to go to the museum and after searching their website first I think I went in a little disappointed. You definitely cannot spend the day there and although I thought there were a lot of really interesting artifacts, my young children (5 and 2) really only enjoyed a few. The balcony exhibits are really not little kid friendly- I had to hold my children so they could see what were in the cases- and on a cool May day it was so very hot. My favorite exhibit was the Omni Globe- my kids really enjoyed that too!!

While I do believe this museum is a must see Vermont attraction I think it is most suitable for an adult or older child.

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Hannah B

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Reviewed on 04/13/2010

We visited the Fairbanks Museum with our 3 year old and our in-laws. There are some really interesting exhibits. My daughter really liked the taxidermy animals and the weather station where there were some great hands on activities. It was a little hard for her to contain herself, so it might be better to take older children? My husband and I really enjoyed it and I know my in-laws did as well. It was interesting to learn more about the local history of the area. I'm looking forward to going back again and spending more time at each exhibit. I would like to visit the planetarium too, we didn't get a chance to see it our first time through....more

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