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Address: 2 Institute Dr, Concord, NH 03301
Phone Number: 603-271-7827
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10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Fri - Sun 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Description: The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is New England’s premier air and...
The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is New England’s premier air and space science center. Using state-of-the-art technology, the Discovery Center offers advanced permanent and traveling exhibits, simulation experiences, observatory, NASA Educator Resource Center, conference areas, world-renowned planetarium, science store, and cafe. Honoring space pioneers Christa McAuliffe and Alan Shepard, the Discovery Center is a place to explore, discover, and be inspired.
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Great for kids!

We took my 4 and 2 year old here. I was a little concerned it would be too advanced for them - and while some of it was over their heads (and mine too!) the second floor was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 5, 2015
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Concord, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

This science center is a bit out dated and needs to be updated. My kids were bored when we went. There's a lot of worn out activities here.

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We took our 7 year old daughter over Feb.2015 vacation for a visit. We went to see the Planetarium show Magic Tree House as we are familiar with the book series and enjoyed the show! However the exhibits were not enticing for a kid to stop and read everything. There was not a lot of interactive exhibits for the kids... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Worth spending 2 - 3 hours exploring the exhibits and programs. We attended their 25 anniversery celebration with extra exhibits and a NASA Astronaut speaker. Interactive exhibits were well done.

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

We took my 4 and 2 year old here. I was a little concerned it would be too advanced for them - and while some of it was over their heads (and mine too!) the second floor was wonderful and more than I expected in terms of activities and exhibits for children. We tried a show in the Planetarium. The... More 

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Belmont, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Took our 9 and 6 year old here to watch the Magic Treehouse show. The show was great. Planetarium was comfy and the the kids really enjoyed the show. They also learned a lot! The staff was very kind and helpful. Sadly, the actual exhibits seem tired and worn. Too bad since the facility is very nice, the staff was... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

A few years back they did a major upgrade. Now there are so many more things to do and explore. More interactive, kids really enjoy it. The planetarium becomes the cherry on top of a great day.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We had my daughter's 6th birthday party here. The staff that ran the party was so patient and taught our group quite a bit and demonstrated things from the space shuttle. We made a nice craft with rockets and stars. The kids enjoyed visiting the museum for a bit before cake time. The party was great. I know many schools... More 

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

This was our second visit and we were not impressed. The secondary exhibits were fairly dark, whether from burned out bulbs or electrical issues, but there were lights not working making the exhibits uninviting. The cafe was closed while we were there (1130-330PM), so our snacks were limitied to a $5 astronaut ice cream from the gift shop. The cafe... More 

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We visited this place when driving from Kennebunkport to Springfield and this was a great spot to also stop for lunch. Before visiting the museum we made use of the cafe. The food was actually really good. We had tuna melt sandwiches and ham croissants and they were very tasty and freshly prepared. The portions were big so you could... More 

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Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

We visited the McAuliffe-Sheppard Discovery Center with our 6 year old grandson. Admission is $10.00 per person, but from what I understand, some libraries have passes that they lend out to their patrons - our did not. There was a lot to see, but is probably geared for older kids. Most of the exhibits involve heavy reading. There are artifacts... More 

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Additional Information about McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

Address: Address: 2 Institute Dr, Concord, NH 03301
Phone Number: 603-271-7827
Location: United States  >  New Hampshire (NH)  >  Concord
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:30 am - 4:00 pm

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