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“Not "just" a planetarium, but an air, space and science center too!”

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
Ranked #5 of 41 things to do in Concord
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking, Wheelchair access, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 6 December 2013

I adore this place and admire the new and evolving programing. Their recent DOCTOR WHO 50TH ANNIVERSARY PARTY, for example, was simply fantastic.

This place is easily the geek center of NH.

Thank Kris S
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Reviewed 26 November 2013 via mobile

i have haunted science museums in us and europe for 50 years . there is a formula fr success- great objects presented in meaningful context aimed at all ages that engage all senses/ this place has some great objects although tomcat jet has to go! it is out of place here. staff is kind and knowledgable but exhibits are sparse and not interesting to all ages. planetarium is great and well planned. nasa should provide this museum with more stuff fr their attic- its useless in fla or texas so spread it out to nh. please support this myseum !

2  Thank slarson127
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

This center has a great deal of hands-on exhibits and terrific displays including an original KF8U Crusader aircraft.
My wife and I went to the movie: Black Holes. The learning and memory curve for this presentation was a bit much for us but we took away some knowledge in spite of not understanding all of it. Of course, the 10 year olds would be just fine. ( ;

1  Thank Reklaw252
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Reviewed 3 October 2013

While traveling in the Concord NH area we came across this learning center. Since we had some time to kill and we both were very interested in both astronauts, we stopped for a tour. It was a Sunday afternoon so when we purchased our tickets we were pleasantly surprised to find out that Seniors get a two for one ticket on Sunday's. The staff was extremely helpful answering all of our questions.

After touring we went into their cafe and enjoyed a great soup and sandwich lunch. Everything was great except the panini that my wife ordered seemed mushy.

We usually look for something for our grandchildren when we travel and the gift shop had plenty of appropriate scientific projects age appropriate that both of our grandchildren enjoyed.

1  Thank klfitzpatrick
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Reviewed 19 September 2013

This is a delightful place to go, make sure you check shows because some are geared for smaller children. I love how they have star gazing nights where local peeps with huge telescopes share their knowledge and let you peek thru their scopes!

Thank Jazzie D
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