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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.For travelers who use our international travel planner, Saint Johnsbury holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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.
Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium reviews
Great little museum, really well maintained exhibits, friendly and helpful staff. The live astronomy show in the planetarium was the highlight.
Great little museum, really well maintained exhibits, friendly and helpful staff. The live astronomy show in the planetarium was the highlight. 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 »
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!
We really enjoyed our visit! Our toddler especially liked the interactive exhibits and the audio tour guide that you can enter exhibit numbers into for more information. The building is gorgeous and worth seeing in person. They also have a couple of EV chargers available for EV drivers in their small parking area.
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