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Address: 2 Institute Dr, Concord, NH 03301
Phone Number:
+1 603-271-7827
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

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. Family memberships are $100. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for students & seniors, $7 for kids ages 3 - 12, free for kids ages 0-2. In addition to our regular hours, WE ARE OPEN THE 1ST FRIDAY NIGHT EACH MONTH from 6:30 - 9:30 PM and on Columbus Day from 10:30 AM - 4 PM.

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Great time with 5 & 6yo kids

We had an awesome time here today. Admission was very reasonable, and we saw the planetarium show 'The Little Star That Could". The show taught about difference in star colors and... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had an awesome time here today. Admission was very reasonable, and we saw the planetarium show 'The Little Star That Could". The show taught about difference in star colors and told the story of a little 'average' star that is born and how he seeks to find a name and planets. Some of the characters were a little weird... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I love taking the kids ages 4-9 to the Discovery Center. Excellent for kids interested in STEM! The parking is excellent. The entry fee is reasonable. The planetarium is wonderful all year long. I volunteer to take the nieces and nephews on days when its too hot!

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Bedford, New Hampshire
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We just had a birthday party for our 6 yr old and her friends at the Discovery Center. We have nothing but great things to say about the museum and its staff and highly recommend birthday parties here for younger kids (especially those enamored with space travel). The museum itself can be seen in it's entirety within 2 or 3... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2016

A small but interesting exhibit featuring a Redstone rocket in the plaza at the building entrance, this could be an ever better museum with the addition of some additional spacecraft or aerospace memorabilia. We were there for an hour, including coffee at the very nice cafe in the museum. Location is a little tough to get to, but not impossible,... More 

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Concord, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

A wonderful place to spend time and learn about a variety of interests. The planetarium is also exceptional.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Those old enough to remember where they were the day of the Challenger disaster will have a special level of appreciation for this center. Named for Christa McAuliffe, a Concord, NH teacher, and Alan Shepard, this discovery center offers truly hands-on and interactive exhibits. You can create your own weather-cast, try your hands at landing a space shuttle in a... More 

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Concord NH
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

We took our grandkids here, and were somewhat disappointed. Most of the exhibits are static, only 3 areas were interactive, and all showed some signs of wear. The place could use a spruce-up, and more staff on hand. There were too many exhibits that just consisted of something on display and a sign to read, so the kids got bored... More 

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New England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

Yes, the space centers in bigger cities are more impressive, but I really enjoyed this space center. It was just the right size for the information I can take in in one visit. There is a variety of space information from information about the two NH residents this museum is named for to information about ways scientists have learned about... More 

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Malden, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Our son loves space so we made a point of stopping here on a recent trip to NH. It was a real mixed bag. Some of the exhibits were cool (rotating globe that you can set to look like any planet), but some of them were pretty lame (why was most of the 2nd floor dedicated to exhibits about proper... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

5 year old grandson and we had a great time. Landed/crashed the Discovery Space Shuttle. Great interactive displays. Spent 3 hours playing. Well worth the admission. Learned lots in the Star movie. Good stop in Concord.

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