Historical Attractions

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Concord

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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
2 Institute Drive
Concord
NH
03301
Tel: 603 271 7827

Where are we going today?

Take a journey to the stars, in a place where the sky is no limit, it is just the beginning! Join the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center seven days a week for amazing astronomical adventures in New England's most technologically advanced planetarium theater and observatory.

Kids can participate in a rocket-making workshop, make a comet, land the space shuttle, try the amateur satellite radio and coo at the large scale models of actual space flight vessels.

They also offered a highly esteemed Space Camp for kids in the summer, which books up very quickly.

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$10
  • Children$7
  • Free Under: 3 years
LAST UPDATED 2013

When can we go?

Thursday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, Sunday 11.30am to 5pm.

I'm Hungry!

The Countdown Cafe offers hot and cold snacks and drinks..

Can I get one of those?

The Science Store has a vast range of educational and entertaining gifts, toys and equipment..

What people are saying?

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    Loved it! Especially the show about the night sky guided by a local astronomy professor. My kids loved the flight simulator.

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    Nice little museum. Planetarium shows had options for young kids and older folks. Would NOT recommend the planetarium for kids under 3 even for kid friendly programs - we had a screaming child in the show when we attended when the lights went out. Lots of Christa McAuliffe and some Alan Shephard items. Plus a few exhibits on the environment. Good for a couple hours.

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    My family and I loved this place. It's so nice to have a science center in NH. The planetarium show we saw was fantastic -- better than Boston or New York because you can actually get a tour of the night sky that lets you jump off of the earth and travel through the universe to distant solar systems. Two other reviewers suggested just paying for the show, but that is actually impossible at the Discovery Center. You have to pay admission to the exhibits in order to see the show. Lots of interactive exhibits. Staff told us that future phases...Read More

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    Took my grand children for a visit and saw a children's show. Got free passes from my library and only paid $4.00 each for the show. We all had a terrific time and you can't beat the price for a family outing.

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    general admission was a total rip off not much in there and some of it didnt work I even asked for a refund I never did that before I did not get a refund planetarium was good skip general admission

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My family and I loved this place. It's so nice to have a science center in NH. The planetarium show we saw was fantastic -- better than Boston or New York because you can actually get a tour of the night sky that lets you jump off of the earth and travel through the universe to distant solar systems. Two other reviewers suggested just paying for the show, but that is actually impossible at the Discovery Center. You have to pay admission to the exhibits in order to see the show. Lots of interactive exhibits. Staff told us that future phases will be opening new exhibits over time, so we look forward to returning to see what has changed. Our kids loved flying the space shuttle and I personally enjoyed the "Be a Weatherperson" exhibit where they got to pretend to be a weatherperson in front of a green screen. Needless to say, it is more difficult than it looks, though we enjoyed watching their "broadcast" on the screen.)

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