Northern Vermont Sights

Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

  • 1302 Main St. Map It
  • St. Johnsbury
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/22/2015

Fodor's Review

This odd and deeply thrilling little museum displays the eccentric collection of Franklin Fairbanks, who surely had one of the most inquisitive minds in American history. He built this magnificent barrel-vaulted gallery in 1889 to house the specimens of plants, animals, birds, reptiles, and collections of folk art and dolls—and a seemingly unending variety of beautifully mounted curios—he had picked up around the world. The museum showcases over 175,000 items, but it's surprisingly easy to feast your eyes on everything here without getting a museum headache. There's also a popular 45-seat planetarium, the state's only public planetarium; as well the Eye on the Sky Weather Gallery, home to live NPR weather broadcasts.

Sight Information


1302 Main St., St. Johnsbury, Vermont, 05819, United States

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Sight Details:

  • Museum $8; planetarium $5
  • Apr.–Oct., Mon.–Sat. 9–5, Sun. 1–5; Nov.–Mar., Tues.–Sat. 9–5, Sun. 1–5

Published 07/22/2015


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