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 Station 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 museum 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, and produce the Eye on the Night Sky astronomy program for radio broadcast.

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  • 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...  more »
  • Mostly consisting of stuff the family collected during its travels, there is a good mix of natural history and ethnographic history. A visit takes about an hour. Good toilets. If you miss it you...  more »
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  • The Fairbanks Museum far exceeded my expectations. The images of the museum don't do justice to the displays. There are many interesting areas of the museum and their collection is impressive. There is a hands on area for the kids and the planetarium show shouldn't be missed. The host of the show Bobby was entertaining and insightful. Overall my family had a terrific experience.
  • A MUST visit. Great place to take the kids. Lots of interactive displays to entertain them for hours. The pieces in the original museum were very interesting. The highlight of the visit was the planetarium. The presentation was very compelling and the presenter was very enthusiastic and passionate.

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