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Join the Discovery Center for its pilot event "Late Night at the Discovery Center" on Wednesday, October 30th 2019, from 6:30PM-9:30PM. Explore the Center's exhibits and galleries after hours at this 21+ event for FREE! A cash bar and the Countdown Cafe will be open with Halloween goodies for purchase. Come in costume to participate in our Halloween costume contest to win prizes. Take part in our scavenger hunt or carve a pumpkin just in time for the 31st! The Observatory will also be open for stargazing. Read more →


Want to know where to find the best foliage this fall? Come to a valley in the midst of the White Mountain National Forest to enjoy fall colors that have it all, except lines, traffic and crowds. Waterville Valley has a weekend dedicated to the spectacular foliage of the White Mountains, from Saturday, October 12thto Monday, October 14th. This is a weekend celebration of family fun with all kinds of events for everyone including free outdoor concerts, tent sales, a ski swap, 5K road race, 1.6K fun run, 10-mile trail race, and other activities including kid’s games, pumpkin painting, beer sampling and more. Read more →


On July 20th 1969, American astronauts embarked on humanity’s greatest adventure and took our first steps on the Moon, during the Apollo 11 mission. To celebrate the 50thanniversary of this historic breakthrough, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is opening To the Moon!, a special exhibition on lunar science and exploration, opening Saturday July 20that 10:30 a.m. with a full day of special programs and activities. Read more →


Designed to fly three Apollo astronauts to the moon and back, the Saturn V made its first unmanned test flight in 1967. The Saturn V Rocket is one of the largest rockets ever built, and a marvel of engineering. Hard-won lessons in how rockets work (and how they fail) were applied to build a vehicle which could push 45 tons of men and equipment all the way to the Moon! Read more →


Summer began on Friday, June 14 at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center: The Discovery Center will be open every day from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through September 1. As the Discovery Center gears up to celebrate the 50thanniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, it will continuously unveil new components of its special exhibition, To the Moon, throughout the summer, culminating in a grand opening on Saturday, July 20. Daily summer planetarium shows include the Discovery Center’s newest feature on Apollo 11, CapCom Go!, as well as The Little Star that Could, Impact Earth, Tonight’s Sky andTake Flight! Read more →


Concord, NH – On Friday night, June 7 at 7 p.m., the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Centerand NH PBS offer a sneak peek at Chasing the Moon, the special new PBS series created to commemorate the upcoming 50thanniversary of the first moon landing. The special showing will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Andrew Jordan, lunar researcher at the University of New Hampshire. The all-inclusive admission cost for the program, panel discussion and exploration of the Discovery Center’s exhibits is $13.50 for adults, $12.50 for students and seniors, $8.50 for children and free for members. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Read more →


Concord, NH – On Friday night, June 7 at 7 p.m., the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Centerand NH PBS offer a sneak peek at Chasing the Moon, the special new PBS series created to commemorate the upcoming 50thanniversary of the first moon landing. The special showing will be followed by a discussion led by Dr. Andrew Jordan, lunar researcher at the University of New Hampshire. The all-inclusive admission cost for the program, panel discussion and exploration of the Discovery Center’s exhibits is $13.50 for adults, $12.50 for students and seniors, $8.50 for children and free for members. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Read more →