Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium
1302 Main Street, St Johnsbury, VT 05819 - United States
The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is northern New England’s museum of natural history — a place to explore the wonders of our universe. Founded in 1891, our displays include an eclectic collection of animals and artifacts, shells and fossils, birds and butterflies, plus gems, toys and tools from around the world. You can journey through the cosmos in Vermont’s only public planetarium. Experiment with light, gravity, wind, and more in our Soucy Family Exploration Station, where curious minds of all ages can play.
The experience of wandering through the Fairbanks Museum today holds true to the spirit of exploration, wonder, and discovery that defines our "cabinet of curiosity" roots. The classic Victorian building includes an expansive gallery, the cornerstone of St. Johnsbury’s Historic Main Street District.
InsideOut is a temporary exhibit that pairs x-ray images of our natural history collections with the objects in our exhibits. This fascinating view gives visitors a peek into the structures of seashells and the inner secrets of taxidermy mounts. InsideOut allows you to see beyond surface texture, colors, and covering, as the x-ray images reveal skeletons -- some created by nature and others made of wire and wood by the taxidermist.
This exhibit guides visitors to consider how objects are seen and understood by revealing in 2-dimensional images what's underneath the surface of 3-dimensional mounts and specimens. The platypus, pigeons, and other animals in the exhibit are part of our core collections, many of the taxidermy pieces were created more than 100 years ago.
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