McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord

#5 of 7 in Childrens Museums in New Hampshire
Science Museum · Hidden Gem · Museum
The Sky Is No Limit, It's Just The Beginning!

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center honors NH space pioneers Christa McAuliffe and Alan Shepard. Come explore astronomy and aviation with interactive exhibits, simulations, planetarium, observatory, and more!

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  • I visited the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in early June and was pleasantly surprised. The show in the planetarium was perfect for young children, with whom I was visiting. The employees were....  more »
  • A great museum for to enjoy. The space is open and not corward to move at different places. Two hours start to finsh.  more »
  • While the exhibits and film are interesting, they definitely feel a little dated. Some interactive exhibits were not working and some did not have adequate instructions for kids or none at all. Our group had the full range of ages—10, 13, 15, 46, 77, 80 and everyone found something of interest. Grandma made the perceptive comment that ironically there wasn’t much for children to learn about the Challenger shuttle astronauts. While I understand the desire not to dwell on a tragic failure for NASA, it was important part of US space travel history and deserves more attention. I was in 7th grade a still have the Time magazine feature. Overall it’s a good place to learn about NH and US history related to flight and space exploration.
  • Very enjoyable. Definitely add the planetarium show. Several areas need work, updating and cleaning. But otherwise, a learning experience.

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