Museums

At 7 p.m. on Friday, October 2, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center’s virtual Super Stellar Friday program will be Understanding the Night Skywith Discovery Center Educator and Astronomy Instructor Dave McDonald, M.Ed. McDonald will discuss patterns in the sky, how to find planets, and the classification of stars. Following the presentation, McDonald will answer audience questions in a Q & A session. Online registration is required to access the presentation; see the museum’s website, starhop.com, to register and submit questions in advance. This event is free, but donations are welcome. Read more →


Concord's  McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will host a belated 30th birthday celebration for the Hubble Space Telescope on Saturday, September 25 at 11 a.m., to recognize three decades of amazing images and discoveries from this space telescope. Attendees can make star finders, vote for their favorite Hubble image, toast the telescope with cupcakes, and take home telescope image lithographs. Read more →


On Saturday, September 12, from 10:30 – 4 p.m., the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will present AerospaceFest, New Hampshire’s annual aerospace festival, with some notable changes: (1) This year’s festival will be primarily outdoors, providing plenty of opportunity for socially distanced science and engineering fun; (2) Masks will be required and sanitation stations available; and (3) Admission will be free! Read more →


Concord, NH --On Tuesday afternoon, August 11 at 2 p.m., the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will host a special live Zoom discussion led by Patricia Moore from NASA’s Deep Space Exploration Division on the Artemis Program, whose goal is to land the first woman and next man on the Moon by 2024. Online registration is required to access the presentation; see the museum’s website, starhop.com, to register. This event is free, but donations are welcome. Read more →


On Friday night, August 7 at 7 p.m., McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Director of Education Mirka Zapletal presents Carnivores and Climate Change, in a special live Zoom presentation, followed by Q & A. Online registration is required to access the presentation; see the museum’s website, starhop.com, to register and submit questions in advance. This event is free, but donations are welcome. Read more →


Capitol Center for the Arts (CCA), in collaboration with the Concord Community Music School and the City of Concord, presents “Music in the Park,” a series of six mini-concerts to take place Saturday evenings, July 18 through August 22, on the Music School’s outdoor stage, which overlooks Fletcher-Murphy Park in downtown Concord. Read more →


One of the most exciting outcomes from our season of remote learning has been hosting seven virtual recitals – featuring some 200 students overall! It’s been a wonderful way to applaud our students’ musical achievements, experiment with performance technologies, and maintain our musical community even though we can’t be together. Read more →


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. Read more →