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Address: 2 Institute Dr, Concord, NH 03301
Phone Number: 16032717827
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10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is an air and space museum dedicated...

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is an air and space museum dedicated to NH space pioneers Christa McAuliffe (NASA's 1st Teacher-in-Space) and Admiral Alan Shepard (America's 1st astronaut and, as Apollo XIV Commander, one of only 12 human beings to have walked on the Moon). This science museum features an observatory, cafe, interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space science, a full-dome digital planetarium with shows from around the world, summer science & engineering day camps for kids ages 5 - 14, and special stargazing and science talks and workshops the 1st Friday night of each month.

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Not a large place but, just enough to do and not loose the interest of a 7 and 4 year old. Cute place with hands on for the kids. Woohoo they get to touch stuff! Employees came... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I loved it! I went with the thought that it would be great for the kids, and it really is, but I left with a totally new respect for everything NASA!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I brought my 5 year old and his friend here, they were bored. I obtained free passes from the library, which was nice. I think this place would be great for older kids (8 and older) who really are interested in space. However, the astronaut ice cream was a big hit!

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Newtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We are summer residents of NH, and a trip to the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is always a must. Each year there are upgrades, changes, and new things to keep the kids (and adults) happy. The cafe is also terrific!

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My two 6 yr olds had a blast here. They were disappointed though we couldn't re-enter after we ate lunch in the cafe. There was more they wanted to do but their little bellies were hungry and then sad we couldn't go back in. Next time I will feed them before going in. We could've spent an easy 4 hrs... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not a large place but, just enough to do and not loose the interest of a 7 and 4 year old. Cute place with hands on for the kids. Woohoo they get to touch stuff! Employees came and talked with us about exhibits, it was nice.

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New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

My two daughters, ages 6 and 3, love this place. It doesn't have a ton of exhibits, but they have a good selection of permanent exhibits as well as a an area where they bring in rotating exhibits. Most of the exhibits are hands on, which kids love. They also have a variety of shows in the planetarium, including shows... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

I've always loved anything to do with space, so this was a good place to stop. I thought it would have more memorabilia or details for Christa McAuliffe and Alan Shepard but it still was put together very nicely and had a ton of hands-on exhibits. We didn't try the planetarium (no kids with us) but the rest of the... More 

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Nashua, New Hampshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

We made a quick stop here with our 5 and 6 year old sons. The observation deck was open which holds the telescope so the kids could look at the sun. That was pretty cool. There is a plane, a shuttle and Mars rover landing simulator, which the kids enjoyed. I think it probably would of been better on a... More 

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Boscawen, New Hampshire, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

My children love to visit the Planetarium! From the "star shows" to the interactive exhibits which change periodically, there is always something new to learn. The kids love to try to land a shuttle or challenge themselves to remember the names of constellations. The Star Hop Cafe has snacks or a light lunch and there is a gift store on... More 

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Tyngsboro, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2016

I will start off by saying I'm not really a big fan of Space and/or Rockets so I was not a fanatic about going to gaze at stars. However I was in the 5th grade when the awful Shuttle Challenger tragedy took place and shared pride in living in NH at the time.. So I figured, Let's Go it was... More 

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