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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

Open today: 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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always entertaining

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

Reviewed 1 week ago
dmonag000
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Manchester, New Hampshire
Nice Small Science Center

Not a big place but perfect size for kids. Some interactive stuff to do. Planetarium shows nice... read more

Reviewed August 14, 2018
Clifford K
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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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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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Hours Today: 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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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 2 days ago 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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

Reviewed August 16, 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

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Jeanne G, General Manager at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 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 August 14, 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.

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

Reviewed August 6, 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.

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

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

Reviewed August 6, 2018

When here growing up with school every year, however this was my first time as an adult and with my own children. They have since re-done the discovery center since I was a child. Upstairs offers more hands-on activities for younger children. There are more...More

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

Great to hear! We opened as a stand-alone planetarium in 1990, but we upgraded our planetarium and transformed (and more than quadrupled in size) into a full science museum with two floors of interactive science and engineering exhibits, plus some outdoor exhibits, in 2009. It's...More

Reviewed July 31, 2018 via mobile

We visited the Discovery Center on a whim and really enjoyed it. We expect especially enjoyed the NASA film in the planetarium. Both adults and kids will find plenty to see and learn here.

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

Thanks so much. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit!

Reviewed July 26, 2018

No need to fret because of a rainy day. We had our grandkids come for a visit. It was a rainy day and the Discovery Center was the perfect place to be. The kids played with interactive educational exhibits. A favorite was landing a simulator...More

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Jeanne G, General Manager at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2018

Thank you so much! I have enjoyed hearing so many happy voices in the museum over the last week, I am glad rain does not stop family science adventures!!!

Reviewed July 24, 2018

Went with our 5 year old. Lots of interesting exhibits, photos and activities. Favorites included landing the shuttle simulator and the moon landing simulation. Not as many people as I would have expected, which was too bad. Will be back in a few years once...More

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Jeanne G, General Manager at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2018

We're so glad you visited! With all the sunshine in people's smiles this week, I forgot it was raining outside. Thank you for bringing your family and bringing the sunshine inside with you!!!

Reviewed May 23, 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 June 15, 2018

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

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drkwasnik
April 26, 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
February 27, 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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