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Staying Safe

Fairbanks Museum birds of paradise

Your health is our priority.

Please read these guidelines for a safe visit.

What's Open • Guest Expectations • Safety Measures Admission fees

Fairbanks Museum bird tree

Photo: Craig Harrison

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.

To keep guests and staff safe, we respect the maximum capacity level of 75 people in our gallery at any one time. This capacity has not been reached since we reopened on July 1, and advance reservations are not required for groups of 7 people or fewer. Groups of 8 or more MUST make a reservation in advance by calling 802-748-2372.

Please check the Vermont Department of Health COVID-19 guidelines for safe travel, prevention measures, and other advisories. This webpage is updated frequently, so please 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


Fairbanks Museum gallery view

Photo: Jose Benitez

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

Guest Expectations

In accordance with the safety measures set by the Governor, please respect these rules:

If you’re sick, stay home. Self-isolate if you have a fever or cough, or if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Symptoms include: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, repeated shaking with chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell. To ensure safety of staff and visitors, individuals exhibiting signs of respiratory illness may be refused entry.

Wash your hands when you enter the building.

Stay six feet away from everyone, except members of your family or group arriving together.

Face coverings are required for guests 3 years old and older. Wear a mask to cover your nose and mouth. Masks are NOT required for infants and toddlers under the age of 2, anyone who has trouble breathing or becomes unconscious, and anyone who is unable to remove the mask without assistance.

Restrooms are available for Fairbanks Museum guests only and access will be restricted to one family at a time.

Infants and toddlers (younger than 2 years old) should be in strollers or carried while indoors.

Water Fountains are not available.

Safety Measures in Place

Your safety is our priority, and we will adhere to best practices that minimize exposure to the COVID-19 virus at all times. 

  • All staff will be wearing protective equipment including masks or behind a plexi shield.
  • We will conduct frequent disinfecting of heavy transit areas and high-touch surfaces.
  • We respect the recommended maximum capacity of 75 visitors allowed inside the Museum's galleries at any time.

Museum AdmissionFairbanks Museum members

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

We are operating with a maximum capacity of 75 individuals based on the State of Vermont's guidelines. Groups of 8 or more MUST reserve tickets in advance of your visit. Smaller groups may visit without a reservation. To make a reservation, please call 802-748-2372.

You are welcome to enter the Museum as soon as you arrive. We suggest allowing about 2 hours to tour the galleries, take part in programs, and experience our outdoor activities. 

Check our calendar for a daily schedule of programming.