Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

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Fairbanks Museum
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Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium
Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium is located in Vermont
Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium
Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium is located in the US
Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium
Location 1302 Main St., St. Johnsbury, Vermont
Coordinates 44°25′12.6″N 72°1′11.4″W / 44.420167°N 72.019833°W / 44.420167; -72.019833Coordinates: 44°25′12.6″N 72°1′11.4″W / 44.420167°N 72.019833°W / 44.420167; -72.019833
Area less than one acre
Built 1890 (1890)
Architect Packard, Lambert
Architectural style Romanesque
Website www.fairbanksmuseum.org
NRHP Reference # 07001344[1]
Added to NRHP January 2, 2008

The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium is a combination museum and planetarium located in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. It was founded in 1891, by Franklin Fairbanks. The museum and its building are on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

There is also a planetarium and weather forecasting department entitled Eye on the Sky weather station. Meteorologists broadcast their unique weather forecasts for Vermont (and the areas immediately around the state) on Vermont Public Radio and Magic 97.7 daily.[2] The museum also produces daily weather forecasts for three newspapers: The Caledonian Record, the Times Argus, and the Rutland Herald.


Construction on the museum building was started in July 1890, and finished in June 1891.[3] The building features red sandstone and limestone laid in Romanesque style.[4] It was designed by architect Lambert Packard. The museum was opened in December 1891 by Franklin Fairbanks.[5][3] The museum was expanded in 1894, to hold the full collection of Fairbanks.[3]

In part the tradition of the museum reporting weather atmospheric conditions, comes from Fairbanks' on tradition of doing it.[5] Many of the main collections in the contemporary museum, come from Fairbanks own collection.[6]

Contemporary collection[edit]

The museum is organized into 3 different departments: Natural Science, Historical, and Ethnological.[7] The entire collection includes 160,000 objects.[4]

Praise and recognition[edit]

The museum was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008. The listing included one contributing building and two contributing objects.[1]

In 2010, Yankee magazine named Fairbanks as the second best history museum in New England.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ EotsWeb
  3. ^ a b c Johnson, Claire Dunne (1996-03-01). St. Johnsbury, Vermont. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 26–28. ISBN 9780738590042. 
  4. ^ a b Strimbeck, Rick; Bazilchuk, Nancy (1999-04-25). Longstreet Highroad Guide to the Vermont Mountains. Taylor Trade Publishing. pp. 271–272. ISBN 9781461708988. 
  5. ^ a b Blanding, Michael; Hall, Alexandra (2014-02-11). Moon Vermont. Avalon Travel. p. 185. ISBN 1612381006. 
  6. ^ Brown, Rebecca A. (2009-01-01). Where the Great River Rises: An Atlas of the Upper Connecticut River Watershed in Vermont and New Hampshire. UPNE. p. 219. ISBN 9781584657651. 
  7. ^ Fairbanks Museum
  8. ^ "NEK establishments listed in Yankee's best of NE awards". Barton, Vermont: the Chronicle. 3 February 2010. p. 7. 

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