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Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, Saint Johnsbury

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The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is a combination natural science museum, history museum, and planetarium located in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. It was founded in 1890 by businessman, politician, naturalist, and collector Franklin Fairbanks. The museum and its buildings are on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

The Eye on the Sky Weather Center is a meteorology and weather forecasting station operated regularly at the site since 1893. Meteorologists broadcast their unique weather forecasts for Vermont, New Hampshire, and areas immediately around the region, on Vermont Public Radio and Magic 97.7. The facility also produces daily weather forecasts for three newspapers: The Caledonian Record, Times Argus, and Rutland Herald.

The Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, established in 1960, is located at the museum, and produces public astronomy shows, as well as educational classes on various space science topics. Astronomers and educational presenters from the planetarium, along with members of the Vermont Astronomical Society, regularly contribute to and appear on science segments for local news stations, notably WCAX. Other productions of the planetarium include the Eye on the Night Sky astronomy program for radio broadcast, and the Night Owl astronomy & spaceflight news articles for online and print publication.
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  • Planetarium was a great treat as well as butterfly house but other aspects were a tad creepy......so many dead and stuffed things. Not for people with any kind of mobility issues....steeps steps and....  more
    Planetarium was a great treat as well as butterfly house but other aspects were a tad creepy......so many dead and stuffed things. Not for people with any kind of mobility issues....steeps steps and....  more »
  • An amazingly comprehensive museum that we wandered through for hours! Helpful staff, too. We never expected the depth and variety of exhibits in this small town. Would have stayed longer, but not... 
    An amazingly comprehensive museum that we wandered through for hours! Helpful staff, too. We never expected the depth and variety of exhibits in this small town. Would have stayed longer, but not...  more »
  • 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....  more
    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....  more »
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  • The Fairbanks Museum is something you have to experience to fully appreciate. With that being said, it's a haven celebrating science, nature, and culture. The collection is priceless, from the carefully positioned birds of Vermont to the beautifully woven Abanaki baskets. There is obvious care and consideration put into every single piece displayed in this museum. I live in Burlington and don't mind taking the beautiful 1.5 hour drive to Saint Johnsbury just to see this museum. The wildflowers of Vermont display, the butterfly garden, and the planetarium are all parts of this museum worth enjoying and visiting. I hope this special place is celebrated for many more years to come. Definitely worth a visit!
  • The building is just as interesting as the many exhibits in this museum! We loved looking at and reading everything and our 3 year old had a blast in the kids science area.
  • They pack a lot of information into that building, my daughter had a blast. Very interesting, very fun, and very interactive for the little ones
  • Beautify preserved natural history museum with some awe-inspiring items. The entire place is a great exhibit showing the history of museums and taxidermy as well.
  • we had a blast, but the five star rating was earned because of the teenage docent, Seamus. They were SO sweet with our six year old- making crafts with them in the butterfly house area was the highlight of our visit. Stay awesome, Seamus!!

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