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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Reopens July 1


Concord, NH – The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will reopen its museum, planetarium, Science Store and the Countdown Café to the public on Wednesday, July 1. Summer hours will be Wednesday through Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through the end of August. Planetarium shows in the Discovery Center’s all-digital, immersive theater include: Take Flight! at 11:30 a.m., Dawn of the Space Age at 1 p.m. and Tonight’s Sky at 2:30 p.m.  Facility rentals for meetings, weddings and other events are also available beginning July 1.


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The Discovery Center is complying with all state reopening guidelines, with special cleaning and provision of sanitizing stations. For all visitors except those ages 0-2 years, masks are required; a mask will be provided for any visitor who does not have one on hand. Visitors are encouraged to purchase admission and planetarium show tickets through the Discovery Center website,; all over-the-counter sales will be by payment card (debit or credit) or check, no cash transactions.


The Discovery Center will be closed on Mondays, Tuesdays and on the 4th of July.


The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center features 21st century interactive exhibits on aviation, astronomy, Earth and space science, a full-dome, all-digital 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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