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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  • Informative and fun museum with exhibits for the whole family to enjoy. From local wildlife to extinct bugs and animals this place has it all. Well worth the entry fee. 
    Informative and fun museum with exhibits for the whole family to enjoy. From local wildlife to extinct bugs and animals this place has it all. Well worth the entry fee.  more »
  • 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... 
    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 »
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  • We love it here! Hadn’t been in a long time but it still has its magic! We loved going in the Planetarium to see the film and they even did a short talk on the night sky before the film started which is really cool to see inside the dome!
  • What a cool place! There are so many interesting exhibits throughout the museum. The dioramas are incredibly well made and informative. The ticket price for adults is $12, which is well worth it. The planetarium has some amazing videos to view as well for $7. There is an entire section for kids as well as some outdoor exhibits. The architecture of the building itself is worth the visit. This place is a hidden gem in Vermont and worth the drive to quaint St. Johnsbury.

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