The Victorian era gave birth to the "cabinet of curiosities," which every gentleman of means wished to acquire. Franklin Fairbanks was no different in his desire to collect newly discovered oddities from around the globe and bring them to his home in St. Johnsbury, VT. What made him unique was his deep appreciation for the natural world and his desire to share it with his community. Thanks to Franklin's initiative, we are very lucky to have a beautiful Romanesque stone building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, with fine wood interior and display cases that ideally reflect the wonders of a bygone era.
It is our desire to retain a collection of specimens and objects that are the finest representatives of the Fairbanks legacy, the Victorian era, and the special qualities and history of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.
The inventory and evaluation of collections is an ongoing process in most museums, and the Fairbanks Museum is no exception. Our goal is to house all of our collections under one roof and to care for them so that they continue to inspire, engage and delight everyone who passes through the doors.