Museums

Best Buddies Friendship Walk: June 5, 2021 at the State Housein Concord, NH. The Best Buddies Friendship Walk: Concord, New Hampshire is the latest life-changing movement. Since 2009 more than 250,000 participants have walked in over 60 cities and raised more than $24 million for Best Buddies. Read more →


On February 5thand 6th1971, America’s first astronaut and New Hampshire native Alan Shepard set foot on the Moon, as commander of NASA’s Apollo 14 mission. Over two days, he and crewmate Edgar Mitchell collected rock samples, deployed science equipment, and even found time for a little golf. To celebrate the 50thanniversary of this historic moment in space exploration, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center is hosting a virtual celebration with historical information, DIY science activities, a statewide tour of Shepard/lunar science-related hotspots, and check-ins and recorded memories of the event from Granite Staters. Read more →


The Mahoosuc Way, a new sustainable tourism initiative, was launched today by business, municipal and non-profit leaders in the region surrounding Bethel, Maine. The new group is promoting and encouraging residents and visitors to “Embrace Our Place” by taking a pledge to work together to protect the environment, quality of life and community vitality. Read more →


The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will host its monthly online Super Stellar Friday series as Educator Dave McDonald explores PHUN with MATH!via Zoom webinar on Friday, January 8that 7 pm. McDonald will discuss patterns in math and nature, the language of mathematics, and using math in decision-making. 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, NH) The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center and Mount Washington Observatory are combining forces to increase access to meteorological and atmospheric sciences for New Hampshire families and visitors to our state. With the closing of the Observatory’s Weather Discovery Center in North Conway, NH, the exhibits enjoyed by thousands of learners young and old will move in January 2021 to their new home at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord, NH. Read more →


The North East Motor Sports Museum in Loudon is open every Saturday during the winter from 10am to 4pm. Their midget car featured exhibit is active and will be extended throughout 2021. The museum is 10,000 square feet with race cars and motorcycles from all disciplines, all with a New England background, on display. This museum is all about New England motorsports. Race win, championship trophies and driver helmets are on display. When you visit the museum, you’ll see stunning photography and unique New England racing artifacts. Read more →


This virtual iteration of Super Stellar Friday is part of the Discovery Center’s suite of virtual offeringsduring the pandemic. As New Hampshire residents and business continue to practice social distancing, adding Distance Learning has allowed the museum to continue reaching audiences and serving as an educational resource for families in and beyond New Hampshire. The Discovery Center is open to the public Friday through Sunday plus some holidays. Read more →


Two public sessions on the significance and future of the iconic gasholder building in the state capital. Visible from I93 and a landmark of 19th century industrial New Hampshire, the building is the last-of-its-kind in the country and threatened with demolition. Read more →


The New Hampshire Preservation Alliance announced its 2020 Seven to Save list today, highlighting vulnerable historic resources and related threats to community life and economic well-being during the pandemic.  All of the listees need transformative investment to become viable community assets again. “We need these places to survive and thrive,” said Nicholas Mitchell, chair of the board of directors of the Preservation Alliance. “These landmarks are the heart and soul of our daily life and feel even more important during these uncertain times,” he said. Read more →