Public Hours

Non-School-Vacation Public Hours
Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays: from 10:30 AM - 4 PM

1st Friday of the month, year-round:
Open 6:30 - 9:30 PM

Winter Vacation
December 26, 2019 - January 5, 2020
OPEN EVERY DAY from 10:30 AM - 4 PM
CLOSED New Year's Day

February Vacation
February 14 - March 1, 2020
OPEN EVERY DAY from 10:30 AM - 4 PM

Spring Vacation:
April 17 - May 3, 2020
OPEN EVERY DAY from 10:30 AM - 4 PM

June 15 - September 2, 2019
OPEN EVERY DAY from 10:30 AM - 4 PM
(except the 4th of July and Labor Day)

Observatory hours: Super Stellar Fridays pending clear skies.

Open Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Columbus Day and Veteran's Day; closed other major holidays

Want to host a Private Event? Contact us!


General Admission:

FREE members, children 2 and under
$11.50 Adults
$8.50 Children (ages 3 to 12) *
$10.50 Seniors (age 62 and up)                                                 
$10.50 Students (age 13 through college)                                 
$8.50 Groups of 15 or more                                                     
* Children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.  


Planetarium Show Tickets:

$5/per person per show add-on to General Admission
FREE for members and for children ages 2 and under
Tickets will be sold until 10 minutes prior to showtime
NO LATE ADMISSION or readmission to planetarium theater
The Discovery Center reserves the right to change shows and programs

Directions and Parking:


From North or South:

I-93 to exit 15 E (I-393) in Concord, NH. Take exit 1 and follow the signs to the Discovery Center parking lot.

From East:

Rt 4 W to I-393 W. Take exit 1 and follow the signs to the Discovery Center parking lot. Look for the 92' tall Mercury-Redstone Rocket at the entry!


McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
2 Institute Drive
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-7827

Parking is Free! 


We look forward to seeing you at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center! We hope you will thoroughly enjoy your visit. If you or anyone in your party has special needs, and some accommodations on our part can improve your experience, please let us know by contacting us through the website or calling us at (603) 271-7827.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in programs and activities receiving federal financial assistance. You can find out about your rights under Section 504 by going to the Department of Health and Human Services website.  We do our best to comply with Section 504. If you believe we are falling short, please let us know so that we can do better. * This is YOUR Discovery Center, and we want to ensure that you are delighted with your experience here.

Our vision is one where anyone can participate equally in the excitement and exploration of astronomy, aviation, Earth and space science. Please contact us with any specific needs you may have and we will accommodate with to the best of our abilities.

Our facility has two floors. Services include:

  • A wheelchair (available on a first come, first served basis).

  • Elevator between floors.

  • "Looped" planetarium - a magnetic loop enabling individuals with Telecoil-equipped hearing aids to enjoy full clarity of show presentations and soundtracks thanks to the New Hampshire Academy of Audiology and Oticon.

  • One-on-one aides accompanying individuals with handicaps attend Discovery Center offerings free of charge.

  • Space for 5-8 wheelchairs in our theater.

  • Electromagnetic Spectrum exhibit vibrating feature for the visually impaired

  • Braille astronomy materials (available upon request).

*If you are unsatisfied with our compliance under Section 504, please contact Discovery Center Executive Director Jeanne Gerulskis at (603) 271-7827 or by mail at McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, 2 Institute Dr., Concord, NH 03301. Executive Director Gerulskis will respond within 30 days of receipt of your complaint.

You may also file a complaint directly with a federal agency from which the Discovery Center receives federal financial assistance. The agencies currently providing such assistance include: NASA. NASA contact info: