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Hours and Fees

Fairbanks Museum main gallery

Open daily

 10 AM - 5 PM

Please read our Staying Safe guidelines before your visit.

Your safety is and will continue to be our priority.  Although the guidance around mask wearing from the CDC and the State of Vermont has recently changed, we are continuing to require masks for all Fairbanks Museum visitors.  Our visitors include many individuals who cannot yet get vaccinated, so we're continuing this requirement to keep everyone as safe as possible.  We look forward to a time when masks aren't necessary, but for the Fairbanks Museum and its most vulnerable visitors, we're not there yet.

Museum Admission (summer prices begin June 1)

  • Members: FREE (please bring your membership card)
  • Adults: $12.00
  • Seniors (65+)/children (5 -17): $8.00
  • Children aged 4 and younger: FREE

Our maximum capacity of 75 individuals based on the State of Vermont's guidelines.

Planetarium Admission

  • Members: FREE
  • Nonmembers: $7

Free, off-street parking is available in a desingated parking lot on Thaddeus Lane. Under the solar canopy, this lot hosts two Level 2 EV charging stations through the ChargePoint network. The first two hours of charging is 20 cents per KWH. 

Groups of 8 or more MUST reserve tickets in advance of your visit. Smaller groups may visit without a reservation.

members remember

You are welcome to enter the Museum as soon as you arrive. You will be asked to fill out a contact form, which allows us to reach you in case for health or safety reasons. You'll also be able to wash your hands before you enter the galleries. We suggest allowing about 2 hours to tour the galleries. 

Please check the Vermont Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines for travel and prevention measures. These advisories are updated frequently -- please be sure to read the most recent announcements.

What’s Open

The timeless natural history exhibits in the Fairbanks Museum main gallery have been refreshed and renewed. You’ll find yourself face-to-face with our gigantic moose, towering bears, hovering hummingbirds, as well as mounts from our collections that have not been on view before. Open spaces include:


  • Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium
  • Vinton Space Science Gallery
  • Main Gallery (natural history)
  • Balcony Gallery (Fairbanks Family legacy collections, local artifacts, Inside Out exhibit, John Hampson's Bug Art)
  • Soucy Family Exploration Station
  • Museum Store


  • Shippee Family Eye Care Butterfly House
  • Eye on the Sky Weather Observation Station
  • Delia Griffin Playground
  • Campus picnic tables

On view through December 31, 2021

Inside Out: Hidden Art in Natural History Collections