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Portable Planetarium

Passumpsic Bank Portable Planetarium

Completely booked through September 2019


Our portable dome has a diameter of 16 feet, and can seat up to 25 adults or 35 young children. Presentations by qualified Fairbanks Museum staff as a live, engaging look at the sky, with three show offerings:

  • What’s Up: A look at the skies as they appear tonight, featuring constellations, planets and the Moon. (Available summer 2019)
  • Myths and Legends: The stars and constellations have been imagined by many people across the globe, often referring to their culture, as well as how the sky appears to move and change through the year. This show features classic Greco-Roman myths, with a few other cultures as well. (Available beginning in the fall 2019)
  • Native American Star Stories: This planetarium show focuses on a combination of star stories from the Indian nations, offering an introduction to culture in contrast to other versions of star stories. Beginning with our local Abenaki tribe and including, among others, the Cherokee, Onanadaga, Tewa Pueblo, and Klingit, students experience the breadth and scope of the traditions that inform present day and past native culture. (Available beginning in the fall 2019)

Pricing Plan

VT Library special offer: $200 flat fee for 45-minute program (includes Q & A time)

Service available for schools outside of a 15 mile radius from the Fairbanks Museum:

  • $165 per session, minimum of two sessions (minimum fee of $330)
  • $125 per instructor per day

If your school or group is located within a 20-mile radius of St. Johnsbury, your best experience will be to visit our Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium.

If you re located beyond 20 miles and within a 40-mile radius of St. Johnsbury, no travel fee is charged for the Portable Planetarium.

Venue located more than 40 miles from the Fairbanks Museum, travel fees are charged as follows:

  • Seat time per instructor: $17.00 per hour
  • Mileage: $0.55 per mile

If your program is scheduled when we are already in your area, mileage charges may be negotiable.

Site Requirements

  • Quiet, indoor room.
  • Clean, swept floor.
  • Minimum floor space: 20 feet by 20 feet.
  • Minimum ceiling height: 12 feet with no obstructions (light fixtures, etc.)
  • 2 grounded 120-volt standard electrical outlets.
  • Air conditioning (required May-Sep.)
  • Adjustable lighting (when available)
  • For multi-day visits, the mobile planetarium must remain in the locked facility.

Contact Drew Bush to schedule your portable planetarium visit starting in September!

This portable planetarium comes to you with support from the Passumpsic Bank Peter F. Crosby Fund.