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|A curious mind, a naturalist’s eye, a traveler’s delight in the diversity of experience, and a devotion to learning. These qualities shaped Franklin Fairbanks’s journeys as a naturalist, community leader, and philanthropist. His Fairbanks Museum opened in 1891 as an invitation to learning, contemplation, and discovery, a place jam-packed with natural wonders from near and far and the fruits of human activity from around the globe. So crammed with delights was this gift to posterity that Franklin Fairbanks added a new wing just before his death in 1895.
Fairbanks and his gifted colleagues, architect Lambert Packard and exhibit designer William E. Balch, created a museum of such bold character and civic purpose that the Museum still bears its original, distinctive look and feel. Much of Franklin Fairbanks’s vision has been fulfilled – in timeless exhibits, in vibrant programs for children, in Vermont’s only planetarium added with great community support in 1961, and in programs, like the public radio weather broadcasts that began in 1981, that make a true difference in people’s lives. Today, Fairbanks’s vision lives on in the Museum’s mission to inspire new appreciation and responsibility for our place in the natural world. Come and explore.
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