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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

Address: 2 Institute Dr, Concord, NH 03301
Phone Number: 603-271-7827
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Ranked #6 of 22 things to do in Concord
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories & planetariums, Museums
Owner description: The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is New England’s premier air and space science center. Using...
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Type: Observatories & planetariums, Museums
Fri - Sun 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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.

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Dublin, Ireland
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
2 reviews
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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34 reviews 34 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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173 reviews 173 reviews
70 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
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 Regional Municipality, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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141 reviews 141 reviews
29 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 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
15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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352 reviews 352 reviews
127 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 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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