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Inspire Campaign

Fairbanks Museum Science Annex rendering

The Inspire Campaign meets the needs of today and tomorrow while preserving the Museum's timeless character.

Here's what we'll accomplish together:

Our timeline has changed, but the vision remains.

We've had to postpone construction for a few months, but we're determined to bring this exciting dimension of the museum into view in 2022. Click here for the latest update.

The Tang Science Annex

Tang Science Annex at the Fairbanks Museum VIA rendering

We are working with Vermont Integrated Architecture to create new exhibit and classroom space.

We're installing a 6000-square foot, three-story addition to the Museum's courtyard. The Annex will be Vermont’s first mass timber structure, made with an innovative and sustainable laminated timber technique. The design is a stunning compliment to the intricate woodwork of the main gallery. The addition will house two galleries with hands-on earth and atmospheric science exhibits, while the balcony will focus on astronomy.  Everything about the Science Annex will inspire generations of learners!


The Inspire Campaign is not just about what’s new.  We’re taking care of the precious building that Franklin Fairbanks gifted to this community over a century ago.  The elements have taken their toll, so with an eye toward ensuring another century for our building, we’re undertaking an extensive restoration in 2021.  This includes work on both towers and re-pointing the masonry walls.  It’s a labor of love.


Tang Science Annex at the Fairbanks Museum gallery space

The Science Annex will be the first structure in Vermont to use innovative mass timber technique.

The Fairbanks Museum is a masterpiece of Victorian architecture, but it has challenges.  The Science Annex makes all floors of the Museum – from the balcony to the basement – accessible to everyone.


In developing the Science Annex, we found an educational partner in the Community College of Vermont.  CCV’s programs in STEM education, environmental studies and early childhood education lend themselves to endless partnership opportunities. 

Endowment and Planned Giving

In addition to facility improvements, we’re dedicating funds for lasting access to our vibrant programs and facilities.  Long-term, sustainable funding is an investment in our community, our children and our future. 

Specific endowment funds will support the Fairbanks Museum’s core activities: education, exhibits, weather/climate, collections, planetarium, facilities, and leadership.

Your generosity through current gifts and planned giving commitments ensures that the Museum will thrive long into the future.

Inspire Campaign: How You Can Help

Donate todayThe Fairbanks Museum has been working on the Inspire Campaign since 2018.  Through the generosity of many donors, we’ve raised $4.2 million (93%) of our $4.5 million goal.  We’re so close, and that’s where you come in. 

All donations over $500 will be recognized with you name carved into the donor bench. The bench runs the length ofthe Science Annex’s main gallery, and will be admired by visitors for decades.

Your donation now will make all the difference. 

Want to give in a big way? We'd love to talk with you about naming opportunities in the building, exhibits, or endowment. Let us know what interests you.
Every gift makes a difference. We're grateful for each contribution. Your support is building for today and tomorrow.