St. Johnsbury, Vermont: Bug Art of John Hampson Team Field Report

Fairbanks Museum

1302 Main St., St. Johnsbury, VT
Downtown, in The Fairbanks Museum. I-91 to exit 20 (US 5/Railroad St.). US 5 north. Take the first left (Main St.) and proceed up the hill, through the stop sign, and two blocks beyond. The Museum will be on the right.
Daily 9-5 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Adults $9.
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Bug Art of John Hampson

An obscure New Jersey machinist spent decades making art out of dead bugs. The only place you can see his work is here. Report... [11/24/2019]

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Abe Lincoln in bug parts.

Bug Art of John Hampson

The Fairbanks Museum in St. Johnsbury plans to purge all its historical exhibits by the end of 2011 and focus exclusively on natural science. We wondered if the purge would include the Bug Art of John Hampson, 100-year-old dead bugs painstaking arranged into mosaics and portraits. It's natural, but isn't it also historical?

Marilyn, one of the museum volunteers, set us straight. "It's not going anywhere," she said of the Bug Art. "We won't let it. That's our favorite!" The museum, she said, will be divesting itself of its old horse-drawn carriages and other local relics, but will remain the home of "the birds and the bees and the bug art."

[ Team, 04/18/2011]
Bug Art

The museum is quite full of stuffed animals and is NOT for the squeamish. The Bug Art itself is rather neat, but the rest of the museum is rather creepy.

[Rachel B, 06/01/2008]

Nearby Offbeat Places

The Dog ChapelThe Dog Chapel, St. Johnsbury, VT - 2 mi.
The Puking PigThe Puking Pig, Lyndon Center, VT - 8 mi.
Propane Tank SculpturesPropane Tank Sculptures, Lyndonville, VT - 7 mi.
In the region:
World's Longest Candy Counter - Chutter's, Littleton, NH - 15 mi.

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