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Fairbanks Museum plans for planetarium upgrades

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Published: Sep. 28, 2020 at 10:19 AM EDT|Updated: Sep. 28, 2020 at 10:58 AM EDT
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ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - The Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury is planning its first expansion in 125 years.

The plans call for a three-story, 6,000-square-foot addition of glass and wood framing. The addition would house space for modern, hands-on exhibits focused on meteorology and astronomy, and an elevator to provide access to the museum’s balcony. Museum Executive Director Adam Kane says the museum has received $600,000 in funding for part of the project. Officials are awaiting word on a $2 million grant application.

Kane said the museum originally developed plans for a much larger addition more than a decade ago, but over the years many of the museum’s needs were addressed in other ways.

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