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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

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Address: 2 Institute Dr, Concord, NH 03301
Phone Number: 603-271-7827
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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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Shows are great - Exhibits a bit tired

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Belmont, New Hampshire
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Belmont, New Hampshire
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38 reviews 38 reviews
27 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

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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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is a great way to entertain kids for a few hours. There are a number of space related exhibits and a very good Planatarium that runs shows every hour. Plan for about a two hour stay and check out the movie schedule ahead of going so that you can see the best feature.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

We took our daughter here as my wife and I both went as children growing up. She loved it and so did we. It's full of great facts and history surrounding such a unique tragedy.

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Rochester, New Hampshire
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

This was not the same as the last time I visited. The last time, it was wayyy more kid-friendly. You would get your picture taken and choose a funny username type thing and then get it on an id card. You would go to each game and slide your card then you could go online later to enter your id... More 

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new england
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Such a great spot to learn about space travel. It will hold the interest of young children, teenagers and adults. Plenty of parking.

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