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Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium St Johnsbury

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Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium
1302 Main Street
St Johnsbury
VT
05819
Tel: 802 748 2372

Where are we going today?

Did you know that Vermont had a planetarium? Well, it does! There is only one, AND it happens to be the Faribanks Museum and Planetarium! This educational, and exciting museum is New England's premiere museum of natural history has over 175,000 artifacts and objects that cover a whole RANGE of topics - from history, world cultures, to natural science.

It really is so much more than a museum of natural history. It is the best place for the whole family to go and see all sorts of different wonders form all over the world.

The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium has a number of changing exhibits, so there will always be something new to come back to (although with 175,000 objects to get around you might find that anyway!), as well as long-term exhibits so you can keep going back to your favorite.

The topics cover art, culture, and technology all relating to the traditions, history and landscape of that amazing Great Northern Forest. 

For those little naturalists in the family, The Naturalists Corner is where you can take all those questions you have about the wetlands, forests and fields right under your feet! Bet you didn't know you were standing on such an incredible ecosystem!

And of course, the planetarium! The Lyma Spitzer Jr. Planetarium is the ONLY public planetarium in the entire state, so why not explore the stars and sky that cover the planet you just learn about! There are astronomy experts that can guide you through the cosmos (and of course back again - don't worry!)

A historic, educational and great day option for the whole family in Vermont! 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$8
  • Children$6
  • Free Under: 5 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

9am to 5pm daily

All year round but closed New Years Day, July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas

Teachers corner

Schools and groups get discount admission, so why wouldn't you bring them for a lesson outside the classroom at the museum!.

Any Top Tips?

The museum have some pretty cool programs that you can join, so keep an eye out on what they have in the diary! .

Doing our bit

The museum is a nonprofit museum that does rely on contributions so they can continue giving an amazing experience for families in the future on the history and wonders of our world! .

Need a little extra help?

The Nature Store, the Museum's Main Gallery and restrooms are wheelchair accessible. The planetarium and mezzanine are not accessible but they are working on it!.

Can I get one of those?

Star charts, bears and books...oh my! So many fun gifts and items in the Nature Store for you to take home - save those pennies! .

More information

If you love visiting the museum, why not become a member so you can get free admission and other fun discounts! .

What people are saying?

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    I visited the museum yesterday, 11/25/11, for the first time and was surprised and saddened by my visit. An aspect of the animal displays that I found frustrating was that not all specimens were labeled, to me this defeats the purpose of their display because the educational component is missing. It would take very little to simply place a label. I also could not believe the apathy of the attendant/greeter to two children who where screaming in the museum for at least a half hour. The animal collection is very impressive though. In talking with...Read More

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    Although small it is a great place and it has an amazing planetarium

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I visited the museum yesterday, 11/25/11, for the first time and was surprised and saddened by my visit. An aspect of the animal displays that I found frustrating was that not all specimens were labeled, to me this defeats the purpose of their display because the educational component is missing. It would take very little to simply place a label. I also could not believe the apathy of the attendant/greeter to two children who where screaming in the museum for at least a half hour. The animal collection is very impressive though. In talking with friends I am not recommending that they visit the museum unless they are ardent naturalists. Definitely not a place children can appreciate unless over 10 year old or so.

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