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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

Open Now: 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Open today: 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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A pleasant surprise

Grammy lives in Concord and the family has long at a visit on the to do list, finally able to do it... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Stephen H
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Rome, United States
small museum but packed with many experiences

I took my 3 grandkids(ages 12&7)and we enjoyed it There are many interactive exhibits and the 2... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
srhenry26
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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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2 Institute Dr, Concord, NH 03301-7400
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Grammy lives in Concord and the family has long at a visit on the to do list, finally able to do it on our last trip. It's not huge, but the exhibits were engaging to my 13 & 10 yo who are decidedly not fixated...More

Thank Stephen H
Jeanne G, General Manager at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for visiting, and for your review! "If you've done it once"...i.e. seen our Tonight's Sky show - please note that we change this show seasonally, depending on what planets, constellations and other celestial bodies are visible in the night sky on the evening of...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took my 3 grandkids(ages 12&7)and we enjoyed it There are many interactive exhibits and the 2 Planetarium shows we’re very good

Thank srhenry26
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We brought our family here and while we greatly appreciate any science centers, this one was so small and limited in scope and exhibits, we really couldn't appreciate it like we would liked to have. I don't think we'll be back unless we hear that...More

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Jeanne G, General Manager at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Sorry you didn't enjoy your time here. While we are certainly smaller than museums in major urban centers, our 45,000 square-foot facility is quite large for a rural/Northern New England museum. We are an air and space museum, which is not everyone's cup of tea;...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To do this right, you need about 2.5-3 hours, timed correctly for the 360 dome shows. There a lot of interactive exhibits, many science in nature, along with some space program exhibits and Shepard astronaut information. Definitely a nice rainy day activity to explore the...More

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Jeanne G, General Manager at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for visiting! Glad you enjoyed your time here.

Reviewed 27 September 2018

We really enjoyed our visit to the discovery center and ended up staying over 2 hours. Lots of great games and quizzes for kids and big kids like us!

Thank Roisin M
Jeanne G, General Manager at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you, we are so glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

My family and I visited the museum for the first time this afternoon. It’s smaller than anticipated but did have many very interesting, hands on stations which my teens (ages 12,12,15) enjoyed. The concept is great and we did learn a lot today. However, the...More

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Reviewed 18 September 2018

very interactive would recommend for curious children and a great experience in the 360 show to see the stars.

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Jeanne G, General Manager at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 18 September 2018

Thank you for your review. We're happy to know you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

I took my granddaughter here today. She went here on a class trip a couple of months ago and she loved the learning experience so I thought I might enjoy this too. I was a little let down to learn that the planetarium was closed...More

Thank MeganZopf
Jeanne G, General Manager at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! We had a glitch with two of our planetarium servers, but the wonderful company that created our planetarium system solved the problem for us, all is back in working order.

Reviewed 15 August 2018 via mobile

Not a big place but perfect size for kids. Some interactive stuff to do. Planetarium shows nice. This is very NH sized and style.

Thank Clifford K
Jeanne G, General Manager at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 15 August 2018
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Glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed 7 August 2018

We spend a few hours at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center with our daughter and three grandchildren. It was very engaging for all of us. As a teacher, I would love to see more on Christa McAuliffe, but still it is a great place.

Thank GreenMtVT
Jeanne G, General Manager at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2018

Thanks for visiting - glad you and your family enjoyed your visit!

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drkwasnik
27 April 2018|
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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
21 January 2015|
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Response from dontforget2 | Reviewed this property |
Yes I would. But for a really terrific day, take them to the Children's Museum in Dover.
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