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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

2 Institute Dr, Concord, NH 03301
603-271-7827
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Ranked #4 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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Detroit, Michigan
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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70 reviews 70 reviews
8 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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Hartford, Connecticut
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

My family just returned from a trip to the science center and planetarium. My two children, ages 5 and 6 were just delighted with everything they experienced. There are many interactive displays which were both fun and educational. We saw two shows in the planetarium, including the Magic Treehouse, which was wonderful. My partner & I were also highly satisfied... More

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Concord, New Hampshire
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013 via mobile

I adore this place and admire the new and evolving programing. Their recent DOCTOR WHO 50TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY, for example, was simply fantastic. This place is easily the geek center of NH.

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Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

i have haunted science museums in us and europe for 50 years . there is a formula fr success- great objects presented in meaningful context aimed at all ages that engage all senses/ this place has some great objects although tomcat jet has to go! it is out of place here. staff is kind and knowledgable but exhibits are sparse... More

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Battleford, Canada
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152 reviews 152 reviews
34 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

This center has a great deal of hands-on exhibits and terrific displays including an original KF8U Crusader aircraft. My wife and I went to the movie: Black Holes. The learning and memory curve for this presentation was a bit much for us but we took away some knowledge in spite of not understanding all of it. Of course, the 10... More

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

While traveling in the Concord NH area we came across this learning center. Since we had some time to kill and we both were very interested in both astronauts, we stopped for a tour. It was a Sunday afternoon so when we purchased our tickets we were pleasantly surprised to find out that Seniors get a two for one ticket... More

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Manchvegas
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31 reviews 31 reviews
16 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

This is a delightful place to go, make sure you check shows because some are geared for smaller children. I love how they have star gazing nights where local peeps with huge telescopes share their knowledge and let you peek thru their scopes!

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