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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Expands Hours, Opens New Exhibit on Oceans for February Vacation

Concord, NH -- The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will be open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. from February 12 through 28 for February vacation. The Discovery Center’s new traveling exhibition, Climate Change Oceans: Acid vs. Life, opens February 12, and will be on view through May 8, 2016.

  Climate Change Oceans logo

Ocean acidification has significantly increased over recent years, becoming a serious environmental threat, impacting fish, coral reefs, and biodiversity in the world’s oceans. How do scientists study ocean acidification, and what are the causes, the impacts and the cures? In this exhibition, organized by NRG! Exhibits and Northwest Invention Center, visitors can crawl through coral reefs, try on scuba gear, climb aboard a research boat and dive dingy, and explore the oceans’ acidification challenges at video stations. Visitors will learn about Earth’s oceans, and also about distant oceans throughout the solar system.


General admission to the Discovery Center is $10 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, $7 for children 3 – 12; members and children under three are free. Planetarium shows are an additional $5.


The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space sciences, a state-of-the-art planetarium and a variety of science, technology, and engineering and mathematics programs. The engaging, robust educational programs are geared towards families, teens, seniors, students, community groups and lifelong learners. For more information, visit


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