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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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Nice place for a birthday party!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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81 reviews 81 reviews
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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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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
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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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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39 reviews 39 reviews
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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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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

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 Region, Canada
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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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