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Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:$$ see below
Other Ideas: Museum of Science, Boston; Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH); Discovery Museum; Old Sturbridge Village; New Bedford Whaling Museum

mcauliffe-shepard discovery center photoThe McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is New England's only air and space museum.

Experience interactive exhibits, engaging programs, a gift shop, a café, special event areas, and a state-of-the-art planetarium.

Free telescope viewing is available at monthly SkyWatch events and Astronomy Day is celebrated each May. For show times, topics and reservations call (603) 271-STAR.

The Christa McAuliffe Planetarium
Take an unforgettable expedition through space as the domed screen is filled by the magic of wraparound images and sound.

The planetarium offers variety of shows for the general public, school children and groups. In the 92-seat theater, everyone from the youngest explorer to the backyard astronomer can experience science.

Shows last approximately 45 minutes. Walk-ins are welcome at all show times but we highly recommend making reservations to avoid disappointment.

View the Planetarium Calendar of Events

The State of New Hampshire originally built the Planetarium in Concord to honor Christa McAuliffe, America's first Teacher in Space, and to continue her mission to motivate everyone to reach for the stars. It's mission:To educate, incite and entertain learners of all ages in the sciences and humanities by actively engaging them in the exploration of astronomy, aviation, Earth and space science.

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Mon-Sat 10 AM-5 PM
Sun 11:30 AM-5 PM

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$11.50 for adults
$10.50 for students & seniors
$8.50 for children ages 3-12
FREE for members and children ages 0-2

Planetarium Shows $5 per person, in addition to General Admission
FREE for members and children ages 0-2



Exit 1 off of I-393, Concord, NH map
Phone: (603) 271-STAR

From north or south:
I-93 to exit 15E (393 & 4 east). Take exit 1 off 393 and follow signs through NHTI campus.

From west:
Rt 202 to I-89 S. Take I-93 N and follow directions above.

From east:
Rt 4 west to rt 393 to exit 1. Follow signs through NHTI campus.


3-starSome great stuff some so-so
The Center is dotted with exhibits, some great, some old, some temporarily not working. I did not see much that kids under 8-10 would understand without help. The planerarium shows were great -- and cheap -- but the person answering questions afterward left us scratching our heads. Worth visiting but you'll have to figure some things out yourself.


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