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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

2 Institute Dr, Concord, NH 03301-7400
+1 603-271-7827
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Planetarium must see !!!

I searched and searched for a Planetarium in New England when planning my trip and couldn’t find... read more

Reviewed 24 May 2018
ageddes81
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Burgess Hill, United Kingdom
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So much wasted potential!

As a big fan of the planetarium, it makes me sad to see how few people visit there. The parking... read more

Reviewed 11 May 2018
Rory S
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Warner, New Hampshire
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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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Hours Today: 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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2 Institute Dr, Concord, NH 03301-7400
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Reviewed 24 May 2018 via mobile

I searched and searched for a Planetarium in New England when planning my trip and couldn’t find one so when I was recommended this one I googled it and it isn’t actually listed as a Planetarium..... you must get it added google searches because it’s...More

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Jeanne G, General Manager at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 15 June 2018

Thank you so much! We are delighted you enjoyed your visit.

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Reviewed 11 May 2018

As a big fan of the planetarium, it makes me sad to see how few people visit there. The parking lot is almost always empty, and they don't take advantage of the fact that their space could be used for private events. You also rarely...More

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Jeanne G, General Manager at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 14 May 2018

Hi - Thank you for being a supporter. We actually do use our space for facility rentals on a regular basis - we average about one event a week, ranging from business meetings to weddings to bar and bat mitzvahs, Scout overnight adventures, political town...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

We took our children, ages 9 and 7 here. They both enjoyed it, but the older one got a bit more out of it. They offer lots to do as you walk around and the staff is available to answer questions. There is also a...More

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Jeanne G, General Manager at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

Thank you! We are so glad you enjoyed your visit!!!

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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Really disappointed. Small, poorly laid out, no discipline of unruly children, literally no mention of Christine McAuliffe. Needs a lot of help!More

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Jeanne G, General Manager at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018

We're sorry you were disappointed with your experience. We are guaranteed to have lots of children here during school vacation weeks, we might suggest you schedule your next visit on a non-vacation week. Our tribute exhibit to Christa McAuliffe and her hero and fellow NH...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

I had not been to the Recovery Center for many years and was amazed at how far they had come. There is something for all ages to enjoy. We are two seniors and we spent several hours just on the exhibits without going to the...More

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Jeanne G, General Manager at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Thank you so much for visiting!

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Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

This place is really cool!! I even had a great time learning new things and playing with the stuffs around. A lot of interesting objects and original items that the Astronauts used during the time spent in the moon or studying. A cute place to...More

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Jeanne G, General Manager at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2018
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

I went here a few months ago when we had family visiting from out of town. Had been here with my own kids before, and I think both my kids have been here on school field trips. If you like space, this is a great...More

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Reviewed 17 October 2017

My husband and I visited the Discovery Center last week while passing through Concord. We both love science and museums. The museum has several interactive exhibits, as well as many that require reading. We enjoyed both types. The planetarium was roomy with fairly comfortable seating....More

2  Thank Theresa L
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Jeanne G, Manager at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2017

Hello. Thanks for your feedback. I am assuming you selected our 2 p.m. star show, which is an all-narrative show with no music or video, just stars, planets and other celestial bodies visible in the night sky. This is generally our most popular show, featuring...More

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Reviewed 27 August 2017

Took my kids ages 10 & 12 because we were on vacation and it rained and we needed something to do. Kept their interest for a short time - I'd say plan on an hour, maybe a little more. Mostly hands on exhibits but not...More

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Reviewed 19 August 2017

The Discovery Center in Concord NH is not the Science Museum of Boston, but it is big enough and has enough interesting activities and features to keep a bunch of kids busy for an afternoon. It is especially good venue to take them on a...More

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drkwasnik
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Response from Linda B | Reviewed this property |
It is not geared for that age, but they would certainly be welcome and see interesting things.
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Edie S
28 February 2017|
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Response from Jeanne G | Property representative |
Our planetarium shows run every hour on the hour on the days we're open to the public - 11 a.m., noon, 1, 2, 3 p.m. On Fridays during the school year, if we have schools in the morning, our public shows don't begin until 1... More
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elizabethann47460
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Yes I would. But for a really terrific day, take them to the Children's Museum in Dover.
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