Saint Johnsbury - Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium


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.


James Araujo

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018
Impressive assortment of taxidermied mammals, reptiles, and birds on the main hall. A separate section features interactive science experiments fun for kids and adults. The second floor of their main hall features a varied collection of cultural pieces.

Susan Teske

Monday, Jan. 1, 2018
This museum is free for local residents and moderately priced for anyone from out of town. Interesting exhibits, fun gift shop, and a planetarium at certain times of the year. There are special programs in the summer that are geared for children and a play space out back but is often filled with interesting exhibits or animals.

Heather Kenyon-Haff

Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018
Great little museum with eclectic collection. New exhibits just unveiled. Recommended although quite small.

Christopher Walsh

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017
Great place to spend some one on one time with my son. We both enjoyed it very much.

Christian DeVries

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Lots to see and read. Some kid experiments and things to play with. Also some dinosaur and fossil stuff that my 7 year old loved. I would've given it 5 stars, but not as kid friendly as possible. Beautiful butterfly exhibit.