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The Mission of the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is to inspire appreciation for our place in the natural world and to motivate our stewardship of a healthy planet.
The Fairbanks Museum was founded in 1889 by St. Johnsbury industrialist Franklin Fairbanks.
Inside our classic Victorian building, you’ll find a dazzling array of animals and artifacts, dolls and tools, shells and fossils, and much more! Take a trip through the cosmos in Vermont's only public planetarium. A full calendar of events, workshops, lectures and field programs invites everyone to explore the nature of our world.
When Franklin Fairbanks opened the doors to this Museum in St. Johnsbury, Vermont over a century ago, he invited all of New England to see beyond the horizon by bringing exquisite examples of natural science and beautiful artifacts from around the world to his home town. His "cabinet of curiosities" grew to include our National Historic Register building, a triumph of Victorian architecture, the cornerstone of St. Johnsbury's Victorian Main Street. Inside, our collections include some 175,000 objects includes:
- 75,000 natural science specimens (mounted birds, mammals, reptiles and fish; insects; nests and eggs; shells; fossils; rocks and minerals; herbarium)
- 95,000 historical artifacts (tools; toys; dolls; textiles; weapons; archival photographs and documents)
- 5,000 ethnological items representing Oceania, the Near East, Africa, Egypt, Japan and native North America.
The Lymann Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, Vermont's only public planetarium, opened in 1961 and continues to offer guided tours of the cosmos every day.
Since 1981, meteorologists at the Museum have produced Eye on the Sky weather programming that is broadcast daily by Vermont Public Radio.
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