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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

2 Institute Dr, Concord, NH 03301
603-271-7827
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Ranked #5 of 16 Attractions in Concord
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums
Owner description: The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is New England’s premier air and space science center. Using state-of-the-art technology, the Discovery Center... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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158 reviews 158 reviews
69 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

The mission of the center is admirable - focus on space and space exploration. The center has several planetarium shows to choose from (additional fee). The displays are spread out over two floors. Some of the displays are minimal in presentation. There is much reading information. I think it is more for children to explore and absorb. The staff is... More

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Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We visited in August. Staff were very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. There is a real F8 Crusader Fighter Jet which my son loved and we all thought was neat. There was Alan Shepard's Gemini capsule. Upstairs included old newspapers of space milestones which were neat to read. Small moon rock in front entrance. The star attraction was the movie in... More

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Floral Park, New York
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106 reviews 106 reviews
22 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Our grandsons aged 7 to 15 enjoyed our visit to the center and the associated planetarium. They liked the interactive displays and there was something of interest for all the diverse ages. They have access to much larger centers but there was still enough to keep them engaged for more than three hours. Note that you can bring your lunch... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My 11-year-old daughter is into planets and science so I brought her here one day while camping about a half hour away. The museum is small and nice, but doesn't have a lot of engaging exhibits. She and I loved the infrared camera exhibit and a great employee interacted with us and did some science experiments with us. That was... More

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Weare, New Hampshire
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I took my 10 year old grandson and I must say it was very unexciting. Many of the interacting displays were not operating. There was one weather station where we spent 15 minutes trying to get it to work and when I spoke to someone he said it had been broken for some time "how about a sign to let... More

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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123 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We stopped and enjoyed a magic tree house show with our younger children at the planetarium. There are a few additional exhibits like IR imaging , satellite imaging station, and exhibit on Mars. Nice building and well staffed on day we visited.

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Detroit, Michigan
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

We only had a few minutes to stop and was pleasantly suprised to find the Mercury Redstone Rocket was a free plaza outside the museum with very informative placards and a great sense of the size of these rockets all for free.

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Manchester, New Hampshire
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This was my third trip to this center. It's missing something. I brought my grandchildren and they were also a bit disappointed. We covered the first floor then took time to have out lunch before going up to the second floor thinking there would be as much up there as on the first floor. We couldn't have been more wrong.... More

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Bow, New Hampshire
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71 reviews 71 reviews
8 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

There is an actual space capsule, Navy jet plane, rocket. planetarium and many other exhibits. Its an extremely good value as you can buy a ticket and spend all day

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Concord, New Hampshire
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64 reviews 64 reviews
25 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

So many interactive things to do...both children & adults will enjoy it. You can even try to land a Space Shuttle in a mock up (note: it is very hard!). Make sure to go into the planetarian & sit thru one of the celestial shows (check their website for times). On the first Friday of each month, the local stargazers... More

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