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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
their Website for this or to get info on special programs, exhibits
and more. The Museum can be reached at 802-748-2372.
To find out more about the St. Johnsbury area,
including lodging, dining, other attractions and more, stop by The
Virtual Vermonter - St. Johnsbury.
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