Space - the Final Frontier - at your command, day or night, seven days a week!

Choose a boardroom for an hour - or rent the entire Discovery Center all night long. You and your guests can have exclusive use of the Discovery Center with access to exhibit halls, conference room, function rooms, observatory, and state-of-the-art planetarium theater. Space is available 7 days a week for before and after hours events. Some rooms available for daytime private events; room rentals available during Friday evenings.

Own the stars for just one night! Rent New Hampshire's coolest space and make it your own, for:

  • Anniversary parties

  • Bar & bat mitzvahs

  • Class reunions

  • Investor appreciation events

  • Milestone birthdays

  • Company retreats

  • Annual meetings

  • Holiday parties

  • Product rollouts

  • Retirement parties

  • Weddings & receptions

  • Intimate concerts

  • & more!


Special private event packages include Overnight Programs and Youth Birthday Party Packages.

Catering Options:
If you are interested in hosting a catered private event, please contact us for an approved caterer list. If there is a caterer you would like to work with that is not on our list, we would be happy to set up a time to meet with them.

The stars are at your command when you make your event truly special at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center!

To find out more/make a reservation, please call 603-271-7827 x104.

Spaces & Pricing:

Rent the Entire Facility! 

Seating for 200 - 250, or 600 people at stand-up, buffet-style reception.
Corporate Rate: $1,450 (minimum of 5 hours)
$150 for each additional hour (after the minimum)

Individual & Non-Profit: $950 (minimum of 5 hours)
$125 for each additional hour (after the minimum)

Rent a Room!

Program Rooms: Full day/evening $300
Half day $200

Board Room (meetings only) Full day $150
Half day $100
Evening $200

Day Events 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Evening Events 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
(Earlier or later times available upon request - Events requiring the Discovery Center to open prior to 8:30 AM will be charged a $50/hour early arrival fee.)


  • Stage $150

  • Theater (103 seats) $125/show

  • Telescopes (1 per 50) $125/ea

  • Special planetarium production requests $125/hr production time (including integration of your audio/visuals/selected starfields)

  • Observatory $125/hr

  • LCD Projector $125

  • Projector Screen $65

  • Sound system - with 1 mic. $139

  • Lectern/Podium $40

  • Smartboard $85

  • DVD & TV Monitor $65

  • Housekeeping fee $100 (added onto evening rentals of the entire facility)