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When he opened the museum doors in 1891, Franklin Fairbanks said:

“A collection of birds, animals, shells or whatever it may be, is, after all, but a collection of dead things
unless used as an illustration to help your search for knowledge.”

Those words still ring true for the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium today as we offer exciting and dynamic programming to our community.  Be sure to check this page often for the latest information on upcoming programs and events. 

Community National Bank Stories from Space Storytime

When:  Every Sunday, May through August 10am – 11am 

Where: Meets in Museum Lecture Hall

Join science educator, Mike Ressler in the Planetarium as he reads stories about space, zooms kids through the solar system and then brings you back to earth for a space-based craft!

Story Times are for ages 0-5 and are free and open to the public.  Funded in part by Building Bright Futures.



When: Wed, April 17th 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00 *pre-registration is required

Where: Museum STEAM Room

Come create one-of-a-kind pieces in our mini-makerspace!  Check out three different maker-stations for hands-on activities of your very own design.  Stations include:

Experimental Taxidermy

You’ve heard of the Jack-o-lope (a legendary creature rooted in actual science!) and the Fur-bearing Trout, what mythical animal hybrid can you create?  Take advantage of our taxidermy forms and all the supplies you need to make a custom handmade piece of your own!

Insect Bots

Make simple insect robots that walk, crawl, and jump using motors, batteries, and other simple parts. Learn basic electrical theory while having fun building insect bots.

Upcycled Artist Station

Upcycled art is a win-win!  It reduces waste in our landfills and gives us a chance to use our imaginations to create something truly new and unique!  We’ll bring the tools and supplies, you bring your imagination.  Join us to make a special piece of art that is truly one-of-a kind!

All stations are designed for ages 5+.  Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

$15 member/ $20 non-member



The Conservation and Recovery Efforts of Bats in Vermont

When: Wed, April 17, 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Where: Museum Lecture Hall

Learn about bat conservation and recovery efforts being implemented in Vermont and across the continent from state biologist Alyssa Bennett. She will introduce you to the major threats that face Vermont’s nine bat species, including the deadly fungal disease White-nose Syndrome. You will learn what the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is doing here in Vermont and on the international stage to combat this disease through the use of colorful photos, compelling figures, and collaborative success stories.  Bio:  Alyssa Bennett is the Small Mammals Biologist for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, where she works primarily on the conservation and recovery of Vermont’s bats.

Free and open to the public.

Autosaver Group Take Apart Day

When: Fri, April 19, 10am – 3pm

Where: Museum Lecture Hall

Have you ever wondered what makes things tick? How do the things that you use every day work? Join us on February 27th for Take Apart Day! Have the chance to explore the inner-workings of common household items. It’s all about deconstruction, BUT, can you take on the bigger challenge of reconstructing something exciting and completely new?

Free with museum admission. Open to ages 4 to adult. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.


Soil Health: Farms and Water Quality in the CT Rivershed

When: Tue, May 14, 2019, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Where: Museum Lecture Hall

Join us as Laura Johnson from the UVM Extension Agency discusses soil organic matter, what soil health means, and what farms in the Connecticut River Valley are doing to address soil health and water quality. You'll come away with a broader understanding of the subject and how you can apply this knowledge in your own garden. Free and open to the public.


How the Guitar Conquered America with Tim Brookes

When: Tue, May 28, 2019, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Where: Museum Lecture Hall

When the first guitar reached these shores 425 years ago, it was a small, unimpressive folk instrument. Now, more guitars are sold in America than all other musical instruments combined. How did this unlikely conquest take place?

Tim Brookes attempts to answer that question with demonstrations, displays, and slides. He touches on the rise of technologies and speaks to the guitar’s importance in defining national, ethnic, and regional identity. He also connects the guitar to such utterly unexpected incidents as the importance of the Confederate Steam Ship Shenandoah, Bonnie and Clyde’s life of crime, and the sad demise of Strenuous Lifer, the pig in the Coney Island Zoo.  Bio: A graduate of Pembroke College Oxford, Tim Brookes has been a writer, editor, guitarist, soccer coach, and woodcarver, and is now the director of the Professional Writing Program at Champlain College and founder of the Endangered Alphabets Project. He was an essayist for NPR for twenty years and is the author of sixteen books, including Guitar: An American Life and Endangered Alphabets.

Free and open to the public.  This program is funded in part by The Vermont Humanities Council.

For more information contact Jen D'Agostino at or 802.748.2372


STEM Lab Camp with Fiona Sweeney

When: Mon, June 10, 2019, 8am – 4pm

Where: Meet at the Museum’s Main Desk

This week long camp is for middle and high school students who wish to be introduced to the world of scientific research. Participants will be introduced to topics that are essential to scientific research, such as ethics, lab safety, scientific method, and experimental design. The goal is for students to experience how a research lab operates and learn some of the advanced techniques used in STEM investigations by completing an experiment on C. elegans from start to finish. At the end of the week, each student will give a short presentation about their lab experiment and experience for parents and guest scientists.

Cost and materials: $300

Please contact Leila Nordmann to register: or (802) 748-2372, x115