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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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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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Good planetairum

We like this modern planetarium, and membership is a good deal if you go more than once a year. The planetarium shows are interesting - especially Tonight's Sky. The moderators... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Concord, New Hampshire
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

When I visited this museum I wasn’t expecting a Smithsonian level experience. I had heard that it was a little dated and shabby, but I had a free pass from the library so I figured it’s worth checking out anyway. My kids were having a good time playing in the area they have set up for little experiments and play.... More 

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Rhode Island
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

We like this modern planetarium, and membership is a good deal if you go more than once a year. The planetarium shows are interesting - especially Tonight's Sky. The moderators are very informative.

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somerset,wi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Smaller than we thought but interesting. They have a planetarium. Parking is free and admission was 10. The planetarium is extra.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

We got into the museum free on a cooperating museum pass. It was a relatively small museum, but there were some fun things to do. My family especially enjoyed some of the interactive exhibits. We were just looking for a few hours of fun, and that is about all that it would probably sustain.

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Concord, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
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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