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Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

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Address: 1302 Main St, Saint Johnsbury, VT
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+1 802-748-2372
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A museum that resembles a storybook castle offers a variety: vintage toys...

A museum that resembles a storybook castle offers a variety: vintage toys and weapons to fossils and antiques.

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a trip back in time and great planetarium shows

St. Johnsbury is off the beaten track, but if you are in the area, you should definitely check out this museum. It was built more than 100 years ago and hasn't been updated for... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Dutch Brother
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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221 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 222 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

St. Johnsbury is off the beaten track, but if you are in the area, you should definitely check out this museum. It was built more than 100 years ago and hasn't been updated for the most part. It is an archetypal 19th century wealthy industrialist's personal collection housed in an architecturally fascinating building. It has a main floor and a... More 

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Rochester, New York
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9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The museum has thousands of animals, mostly small critters and birds. There are a few large ones, too (bears, moose, etc.). The second floor has lots of artifacts from early American settlements, Native American cultures, Japan, etc. It isn’t very large, but the admission is cheap ($9.00 on the day I went), so it is worth the trip if you... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

If you are in this area definitely stop by here! I was here for work and someone told be to check it out and I wasn't disappointed.

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Brattleboro, Vermont
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

We listen every morning to the "Eye on the Sky" weather forecast so a trip to the Fairbanks was a must. Unfortunately, we didn't have a chance to see the special exhibit, but we did see the lovely planetarium show which happened to be about nebula. The Fairbanks is someplace we will come back to so we can see more.

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Thank MayaH47
Barnet, Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

The Fairbanks Museum bills itself as a natural history museum but it is so much more. Just the architecture alone sets it apart from its peers. It is like stepping back in time as you wander through the soaring hall replete with balconies filled with quaint exhibits that look like they haven't been changed in 100 years. My favorite will... More 

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cape cod
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Second time we been here. Find the exhibits fascinating. Lots of birds, who knew there were so many. Bug art, the most fascinating of all. The building itself is beautiful and the many exhibits there are quite diverse. If you are in the area, you MUST make a point to stop in and check it out.

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Thank donche
Decatur, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This museum was created by the son of a wealthy entrepreneur who travelled the world and continued to expand his Victorian "Cabinet of Curiousities" until it outgrew the cabinet, then outgrew a room in his mansion, then eventually he build an entire building to house it. It is now a museum that is fascinating because of the content from a... More 

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Thank Jeremy M
Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Quite a varied collection of history. 2500 different mounted birds. More hummingbirds than you have ever seen. Fairbanks, of Fairbanks scales, was very inquisitive and collected things from all parts of the world.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

This was a fun way to spend a couple of hours. There's lots of taxidermy & our little guys loved the stuffed bears and the play area. It's a great little museum. We went to the planetarium show which was good. Would definitely recommend.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

This historic property is located in downtown Saint Johnsbury just off the confluence of I-91 and I-93 in Northern Vt. It is a wonderful personal collection of a wide range of insects and stuffed mammals beautifully presented in custom cases and a for purpose built property. It is up-dated with a small hands on interactive learning area. This property hold... More 

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