St. Johnsbury is home to four dynamic destinations where the arts are alive every day. These organizations have come together to create an active arts and culture alliance, and to define a campus for public arts on historic Main Street and Eastern Avenue in the heart of St. Johnsbury!
115 Eastern Avenue
Catamount Arts is your cultural and entertainment headquarters! Inside the renovated Masonic Temple, you’ll find the latest in independent and international film entertainment, one of the most extensive art galleries in the Northeast Kingdom, and a regular schedule of live concerts and activities including a monthly coffeehouse and free bluegrass jam, as well as a teen open mic night every Friday. Catamount’s regional box office is also your online and in-person connection for tickets to an exciting variety of upcoming events by more than twenty area arts organizations.
St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
1171 Main St.
The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is a public library and art gallery housed in a National Historic Landmark building. It is a lively site for public readings and events throughout the year. The Athenaeum fills two roles: it serves the people of St. Johnsbury by enriching their lives, and it stands as a regional and national treasure – a monument to the nineteenth-century belief in learning. The Athenaeum is a legacy of the Fairbanks Family of St. Johnsbury, inventors and manufacturers of the world’s first platform scale, who gave the Athenaeum to the trustees of the institution in 1871. With his wealth, Horace Fairbanks created a center of culture for the people of his town – a true “Athenaeum.” Open throughout the year, Monday – Saturday; see website for hours and holidays.
Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium
1302 Main St.
Explore your universe at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium! You’ll find animals and artifacts, shells and tools, gems and fossils and Vermont’s only public planetarium under a great Victorian arch on historic Main Street, St. Johnsbury. The centerpieces of our collections are habitat displays from the Cabinet of Curiosities of Franklin Fairbanks, the Museum’s founder. You’ll also be amazed by John Hampson’s “Bug Art,” our fascinating OmniGlobe, and state-of-the-art Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium. The Museum features full-habitat dioramas created by local taxidermist William Balch that bring you face-to-face with 131 hummingbirds, an enormous moose, birds of paradise and a family of flamingos. You’ll find endangered and extinct species in the collection, including a pair of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers and 2 Passenger Pigeons. The Museum is open daily 9 AM to 5 PM throughout the year (see website for holiday closings).
St Johnsbury Academy
1000 Main St.
St. Johnsbury Academy is an independent, coeducational day and boarding school for students in grades 9 to 12 and a post-graduate year. Founded in 1842 by Erastus, Thaddeus, and Joseph Fairbanks to provide “intellectual, moral, and religious training for their children and the children of the community,” the school offers excellent educational opportunities to a wide range of students, not just those destined for liberal arts colleges and universities. Today, the student body includes day students from Vermont and New Hampshire as well as boarding students from 15 states and 30 countries. The teaching focus on character, inquiry, and community aims to enable each graduate to be intellectually self-reliant and to function as a constructive, moral member of society.