Museums

The days are getting shorter, but Lake Winnipesaukee has its own special charm in the fall. Celebrate New Hampshire’s colorful fall foliage season aboard the M/S Mount Washington. Cruising Lake Winnipesaukee offers the opportunity to enjoy some of New England’s best leaf peeping from the comfort and perspective of the M/S Mount Washington. The iconic boat is celebrating her own milestone in 2022, 150 years cruising on the big lake.  Read more →


Summer begins on Thursday, July 1 at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center: The museum will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 4 p.m. seven days a week through September 5, with reservations for general admission and planetarium shows available through the Center’s website or by phone. The Discovery Center’s summer exhibits include lunar exhibits, weather exhibits from the Mount Washington Observatory complemented by the Discovery Center’s upgraded DIY weather reporting station, aviation simulators, and a special NH Space Grant featured project: exhibits created by high school students from the Applied Technology Center in Milford, NH and Seacoast School of Technology in Exeter, NH on how living and working in space affects the human body.  Read more →


In a unanimous vote, the Board of Directors of the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center welcomed Bart Fromuth, esq., Chief Operating Officer of Freedom Energy Logistics, onto the museum’s board. Fromuth joins Board Chair R. Bruce Andrews, Vice-Chair Walter P. Havenstein, Col., USMC, ret., Treasurer Laura Provost, Secretary David Cuzzi, and Directors Beverly Bruce, Paul Burkett, esq., Michael Cusack, Dr. Steven Davis, J. Stephan Lundquist, Dr. James MacKay, Brian Parsons and Christopher Wolfe in steering New Hampshire’s own air and space museum toward a sustainable future, with adequate resources to advance its mission. Read more →


Concord, NH -The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will host its monthly online Super Stellar Friday series as senior educator Dave McDonald talks about Pluto and New Horizons via Zoom webinar on Friday, July 2nd at 7 pm. The most favorable time to see Pluto in the sky is this July, so Dave will guide attendees on a quest to find the dim planet. He will also discuss recent discoveries about Pluto and what it means to be a planet. Later he will provide an update on New Horizons’ recent accomplishments as it speeds toward the edge of the solar system. Following the presentation, Dave 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- The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will host its monthly online Super Stellar Friday series as taxonomist Dr. Catherine Craig talks about her work via Zoom webinar on Friday, June 4th at 7 pm. At a time when species’ discoveries and extinctions are both news items, understanding what makes a species and how we describe them can illuminate what those trends mean for the future. Dr. Craig, whose recent research focused on hermit crab species within the genus Paguristes, will share her perspective on why taxonomy is important and how it can help us better understand the world around us. Read more →


April 5ththrough 12ththe McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will celebrate the magic of the night sky through virtual events and activities aimed at promoting awareness of light pollution and ways to improve your view of the stars. International Dark Sky Week is organized by the International Dark-Sky Association as part of their work to protect dark skies for all to enjoy. Throughout the week, blog posts and videos will provide information on light pollution and how it impacts ecosystems, human health, and, of course, viewing of the sky, and daily challenges will encourage everyone to think about what they can do to limit light pollution. Read more →


The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will host its monthly online Super Stellar Friday series as the Spark Academy of Advanced Technologies’ VEX Robotics Team talks about their work via Zoom webinar on Friday, April 2ndat 7 pm. Team members will talk about their robot, the design and refine process, and competition. Following the presentation, team members 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, N.H. – On Friday, March 19, the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center will open exhibits from the “Home of the World’s Worst Weather” - Mount Washington - to the public. In a new partnership, the Mount Washington Observatory and McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center have combined forces to bring weather and climate science education to Concord, New Hampshire, by relocating, refreshing - and in one case, entirely rebuilding - exhibits from the recently closed Weather Discovery Center in North Conway, NH for display in the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center in Concord. Exhibits include everything from the Tornado Tube, which creates a “mini-tornado” right in... Read more →