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Virtual Vermonter - The Athenaeum


The Athenaeum, in addition to the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium, is another legacy of St. Johnsbury's famous Fairbanks family. Build in the Second Empire style, the Athenaeum was given to the town by Governor Horace Fairbanks in 1871. It became one of the first free public libraries in Vermont, and has become the oldest art gallery in the United States still in its original form.

Today it continues to serve as a public library and art gallery, and houses a sizable collection of publications and photos related to the history of St. Johnsbury, as well as a large collection of Fairbanks family papers. The Athenaeum is open Monday and Tuesday (10-8), Tuesday/Thursday/Friday (10-5:30) and Saturday (9:30-4). You can reach the Athenaeum by phone at 802-748-8291.


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