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Why Visit McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center?

The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center has an amazing collection of innovative, interactive exhibits to explore. Delve into the worlds of astronomy, aviation, Earth and space sciences and become immersed in this entertaining learning environment.


There are programs at the Discovery Center for all ages! From our planetarium theater to our high-tech observatory to workshops for Little Explorers and educators alike… there is something for everyone at your Discovery Center.

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

2 Institute Drive Concord, NH 03301
(603) 271-7827

Fall/Winter Hours
September 10th-December 24th, 2021 - Open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
plus Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Oct. 11) and Veterans Day (Nov. 11) from 10:30 AM - 1 PM and 1:30 - 4 PM

Christmas Vacation - December 26-31, 2021 and January 2-3, 2022 - Open Daily, 10:30 AM-1 PM and 1:30-4 PM

January 4 - February 17, 2022 - Open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays
plus Martin Luther King Day (January 17) from 10:30 AM - 1 PM and 1:30 - 4 PM

February Vacation, February 18 - March 6 - Open Daily, 10:30 AM-1 PM and 1:30-4 PM


Spring Hours
March 6-April 14, May 2-June 16, 2022 Open Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays from 10:30 AM-1 PM & 1:30-4 PM
April Vacation - April 15-May 1, 2022 Open Daily, from 10:30 AM-1 PM and 1:30-4 PM

Summer Hours
June 17-September 4, 2022 Open Daily from 10:30 AM-1 PM and 1:30-4 PM

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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

Free general admission to the Discovery Center!

  • Each pass offers free admission for up to four people
     

  • Libraries can issue up to two passes per day
     

  • Passes are valid for general admission, as well as for Super Stellar Friday
     

Library passes DO NOT include admission to planetarium shows and are not accepted during special events, such as AerospaceFest.