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Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium

The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium was founded in 1889 by St. Johnsbury industrialist Franklin Fairbanks. Fairbanks was an avid collector and amateur naturalist, and his collection was housed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style building that still serves as the Museum's home today. The Museum's mission statement pretty much says it all: to "...stimulate understanding of the natural and human environments and their interrelationships, through programs, exhibits, services, and collections."

The Museum takes up 18,000 square feet of exhibits, containing some 160,000 objects from nature and cultures around the world (including exhibit on northern New England birds and wildlife, large mounted mammals and more). This is also the site of Vermont's only public planetarium, the Douglas B. Kitchel Center for the Study of the Northeast Kingdom and the Fairbanks Archives Center.

The Museum is open year-round Monday through Saturday, 9-5 and Sunday, 1-5. Planetarium shows are held every Saturday and Sunday at 1:30. The price of admission is $5/adults, $4/seniors and $3/children 5-17, or $12 for an entire family. The Planetarium shows are $3. Special group rates are also available… see their Website for this or to get info on special programs, exhibits and more. The Museum can be reached at 802-748-2372.

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