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. Please email our Director of Visitor Services at or call (603)-271-7827 x113.

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!


Birthday Party Package: The Discovery Center offers this package for $250, which includes a private party room (maximum of 2 hours), access to the Exhibit and Galleries and a workshop led by one of our Educators. Workshops include choices like Paper Rockets or Whirlybirds and Paper Airplanes.

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 x113.

“As a child, the planetarium was one of my favorite locations to visit. I had the pleasure of attending the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center over the weekend for a private event. I was not disappointed during my most recent visit — not only was the staff extremely friendly and helpful, but the event itself was outstanding. The catered lunch, personal bar, and admittance to the Center was a perfect way to spend the weekend with friends and family. Thank you to everyone at the Center!”


Ashley O'Leary

Spaces & Pricing:

Rent the Entire Facility! 

Seating for 200, 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)

Book a free facility walk-thru to see if our space is right for you! Email or call us at (603) 271-7827 x113.

Rent a Room!

Program Rooms: Full day/evening $300 (maximum of 8 hours)
Half day $200 (maximum of 4 hours)

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

Day Events any time between 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Evening Events any time between 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.)


  • Up to thirteen 8’ tables free of charge

  • Up to 200 chairs free of charge

  • Stage $150

  • Planetarium 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

  • DVD & TV Monitor $65

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