Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium

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1302 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT, United States

The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is much more than Northern New England’s museum of natural history — it is a place to marvel at the wonders of our world.  Perfect for families and visitors of all ages, the Fairbanks Museum invites you to explore your universe.

Inside our classic Victorian building, you’ll find a dazzling array of animals and artifacts, dolls and tools, shells and fossils, and much more! Take a trip through the cosmos in Vermont’s only public planetarium, and see weather forecasts in the works in our Eye on the Sky Weather Gallery. A full calendar of events, workshops, lectures and field programs invites everyone to explore the nature of our world.

 Inside, our collections include some 175,000 objects:

  • 75,000 natural science specimens (mounted birds, mammals, reptiles and fish; insects; nests and eggs; shells; fossils; rocks and minerals; herbarium)
  • 95,000 historical artifacts (tools; toys; dolls; textiles; weapons; archival photographs and documents)
  • 5,000 ethnological items representing Oceania, the Near East, Africa, Egypt, Japan and native North America.

The only public planetarium in the state of Vermont opened in 1961 and continues to offer guided tours of the cosmos every week.

Discover … Explore … Experience … Inspire …

CURRENT EXHIBITS AVAILABLE HERE

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The Museum’s learning experiences take place in our awe-inspiring galleries, state-of-the-art Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, Nature Classroom, classic learning hall and outdoor space.

Contact us to plan your visit to the Museum.

 

Solar Slumber

It is easy to take the Sun for granted.  After all, it NEVER fails to shine, even if the clouds get in the way.  Recently, better technology has permitted astronomers to observe the Sun in great detail, revealing much more about the Sun.  It also shows many things we don’t know about the Sun.  While the Sun’s steady nature makes life on Earth possible, changes in daily, seasonally, and long-term solar activity affects our atmosphere, our satellites, and life on the Earth.

Students will learn to safely view the Sun, weather-permitting, and will observe (live or through images) details on the Sun’s surface.  Students will analyze data to discover patterns of solar activity, and then discuss the possible affects of the Sun on the Earth, including recent information about decreased solar activity.

NGSS: ESS1.A, ESS1.B, PS3

 Solar Slumber
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BOING!

Does sound cause movement?

Does movement make sound?

How does sound travel through the air?

Discover the properties of sound while making some of your own sounds.  Develop basic musical instruments to test your observations.  Using tools and ourselves, we will discover what makes sound and what does not. By the end we will solve the problem of how to use our bodies to demonstrate how sound traverses distance.

NGSS: 1-PS4-1, 1-PS4-4

Werewolves, Vampires and Zombies!

Parasites and Poisons that can control our minds!

Although there are no supernatural monsters in this lesson, we will explore the ways in which real parasites have taken over their hosts, and how they may have inspired monster myths! Have you ever wondered what happens to a person who contracts rabies? Could parasites be responsible for some people’s reckless and dangerous behavior? Could toxins and poisons in nature cause people to behave like monsters themselves? This lesson is ideally suited for Third Grade through Middle School students.

NGSS: 3-LS4, 4-LS1, MS-LS1, MS-LS2, MS-LS3, MS-LS4

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Have a Ball!

What goes up must come down, but that law of motion doesn’t mean all objects travel on or through all surfaces the same.

Your students need only bring their innate curiosity and their creative and critically thinking minds to be ready for this class!

 

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Delve into our Solar System and beyond in the Lyman Spitzer, Jr. Planetarium!

Planetarium experiences can expose your students, club members or community group to the stars and constellations, our moon, the planets, even concepts like orbits and gravity.

Planetarium Topics

  • Our Solar System
  • American Indian Star Stories
  • Tonight’s Skies
  • The Moon
  • Mythology and the Stars

Plan your visit to the Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium


Our staff meteorologists, the voices of the Eye on the Sky weather broadcasts, are also our weather educators.
What better source could there be for learning about the science behind weather and climate!

Introduction to Weather Instruments

What kinds of tools does a weatherperson use to measure what’s going on in the air? How do they work? Thermometers (liquid and bimetallic), anemometer, wind vane, barometer, psychrometer and rain gauge are explained and passed around for close inspection. A brief trip to the Weather Center and the Instrument Shelter closes the time.
Duration: 50 minutes, flexible for K (can include Weather Center/Instrument Shelter).
Suitable for grades K-3


Weather Center and Instrument Shelter

The title says it all! A guided view of the Northern New England Weather Center, including instruments and telecommunications equipment; then a quick trip to the Instrument Shelter for an explanation of its workings.


 

Weatherlore

Before computers, The Weather Channel, even the Old Farmer’s Almanac, forecasting the weather was a do-it-yourself project. And so, through hundreds of years of observing the weather, reliable signs were compiled and passed on, becoming those quaint country quips like when the cows lay down at midday, rain in on the way. Yet most, if not all of these bits of weather wisdom work. A look at the sayings, the science behind them, and a way for you to use them to forecast your own weather.
Appropriate for all ages.


 

How Do We Make a Forecast?

A day in the Life of a Meteorologist
An explanation of the process of making a weather forecast. We cover everything from taking local observations; through mapping regional, national, or hemispheric observations and using satellite imagery; to using computer model output. By the end your students should have a good understanding of how a meteorologist organizes his or her thoughts when faced with the task of figuring out the weather from 2 hours to 2 weeks into the future.
Best for Grade 4 & up.


Weather a la Carte!

  • Wind
  • Pressure
  • Temperature
  • Moisture

These lessons could be presented one of two ways:

  • A short lesson focusing on one of four topics, with a “hands on” activity to follow, or,
  • A longer lesson focusing on one of four topics, with follow up materials provided for your class to conduct “hands-on” experiments back at school.

Suitable for students from Kindergarten to the third grade.

Plan your Weather Program visit.

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Destination Trip Planning Information

Meals and Snacks

Meals are not served at the Museum. Please remember to bring packed lunches and check with museum for dining inside or contact the museum for group friendly restaurants nearby for food accommodations and

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Tickets and Admission

FairBanks Museum and Planetarium Hours

Summer Hours (April – October)

Monday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Winter Hours (November – March)

Monday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Tuesday – Saturday, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, 1:00 – 5:00 PM

We are CLOSED on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Easter, July 4th, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
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General Admission

Adults: $8.00

Senior citizens and children under 17: $6.00

Children under 5: free

Family (immediate family members only) up to 2 adults, no limit on number of children: $20.00

These local communities contribute to the Museum through municipal appropriations and all residents can enjoy free admission anytime: St. Johnsbury, Barnet, Burke, Danville, East Haven, Granby, Kirby, Lyndonville, Newark, Peacham, Sheffield, Stannard, Sutton, Walden, Waterford, Wheelock

Discount or free admission with your membership card from our affiliate organizations:

  • Association of Science and Technology Centers
  • American Association of Museums

Planetarium Presentations (50 minutes):

Saturday & Sunday, 1:30 PM throughout the year

Additional Summer Planetarium

Presentations (July – August):

Monday – Friday, 11:00 AM & 1:30 PM

Planetarium presentation: $5.00

The planetarium has room for groups up to 45 people. Please call ahead to reserve space for groups. Reserved tickets MUST be claimed at least 15 minutes before the scheduled presentation.

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6000 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VT, United States 59.93 mi

Shelburne Museum is a must visit location for School Groups of all Grades and ages. The museum  offers a unique collection of over 150,000 works including Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and a dazzling array of 17th-to 20th-century artifacts. The collections are housed in 39 buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds.

Impressionist paintings, folk art, quilts and textiles, decorative arts, furniture, American paintings, and a dazzling array of 17th-to 20th-century artifacts are on view. Shelburne is home to the finest museum collections of 19th-century American folk art, quilts, 19th- and 20th-century decoys, and carriages.

The Museum’s collections, educational programs for School Groups and teachers, special events, workshops, activities, and special exhibitions constantly offer new perspectives on four centuries of art and material culture, assuring visitors a museum experience unlike any other.

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Shelburne Museum for Parents and Families

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Families and kids are always welcome at Shelburne Museum! Look for Webby when you visit the Museum. You’ll find him wherever there are activities and programs for families and children.

Family Days

Join us for special Family Days throughout the 2014 season. Each event offers visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience the Museum in a new way through art activities, live music, special guests, and other hands-on activities.

Family Days offer visitors of all ages the opportunity to experience the Museum in a new way through art activities, live music, special guests, and other hands-on activities.

Family Days for the 2014 Spring/Summer Season are currently in development. Stay tuned for engaging and educational programs devoted to fun for all ages!

Owl Cottage Activity Center 

Owl Cottage Activity Center offers visitors a chance to take a break and relax during their Museum visit. Guests can read books or explore toys and games inspired by the Museum’s collections. We invite visitors to join us for our weekly Story Time with Webby.

Smart Series

Shelburne Museum now offers specialized art-themed programming year round! Programs are geared toward families but all are welcome.

SMArt: Kids-Ordinary to Extraordinary

1-4 p.m., Saturday, January 18, 2014 Inspired by activities found on the social networking site Pinterest™  and the exhibition John Bisbee New Blooms. Participate in an afternoon of extraordinary art-making using ordinary materials.

Free with Museum admission.

SMArt: Kids-I Heart Art1-4 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sample tasty treats and create your own heart inspired jewelry. For the young, and young at heart.

Free with Museum admission.

SMArt: Flicks-Muppet Mania

Join us as we celebrate all things Muppets. From viewing the Muppet Movie to making sock puppets, it’s not easy being green but we will do our best. The new Muppet Movie opens March 14.

Free with Museum admission.

SMArt: Kids-EGG-STREME Spring

 1-4 p.m., Saturday, April 19, 2014

Art Safari 

Art Safari programs are Museum adventures specifically designed for 3 to 5-year old visitors with an adult companion. Each month we explore a part of the Museum collection through imaginative play and then roll up our sleeves for a hands-on art activity in Owl Cottage. May through August, stay on for Story Time with Webby at 10:30 a.m.

All programs have a capacity of ten children. We kindly ask that no children younger than three attend so that you and your preschooler can fully engage in the activities. Registration is by mail on a first-come, first-served basis.

Download a registration form.

Arts on the Go

From  mid-June to mid-August our bright blue Art on the Go are stationed in exhibitions and filled with art supplies, games, activities, and books. Look for the carts again during the 2013 season for new art activities and learning opportunities.

 Dive in with Webby 

Keep your eye out around the grounds for Webby–the icon for family-friendly activities in and around the Museum’s galleries and grounds. “Dive in with Webby” cards in many of our exhibition buildings guide visitors of all ages in interactive explorations of Museum collections.

 Daily Demonstrations

Demonstrations will resume May 11, 2014

Visitors can gain insight into America’s craft and cultural heritage at three demonstration sites: the Blacksmith Shop, Print Shop, and Weaving Shop.

Blacksmith Shop

Visit the Blacksmith Shop to see demonstrations of how early 20th-century blacksmiths practiced their trade. The Blacksmith Shop also houses a collection of 19th and 20th-century blacksmithing and wheelwrighting tools.

Print Shop

The Print Shop features letterpress printing demonstrations that highlight changes in printing technology through the 19th and mid-20th centuries. Museum printers work at a range of presses, from the manual acorn press to the automated Heidelberg press.

Weaving Shop

Visitors to the Weaving Shop can learn about the processing of wool and linen into finished cloth. Museum weavers work on spinning wheels, two barn-frame looms, and a rare 1890s Jacquard Loom.

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77 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH, United States 70.23 mi

The Wright Museum’s mission is to preserve and share the stories of America’s Greatest Generation for the benefit of generations to come. As a one-of-a-kind non-profit institution, the Wright Museum collects and displays artifacts that illustrate the Second World War’s significant and lasting impact on American life.

During WWII, Americans from all walks of life pulled together to defend freedom against a global threat to our commonly-held values of life, liberty, and the pursuit of a better life. Hardened by the privations of the Great Depression, Americans were primed for the sacrifices necessary to thwart the forces assembled against them.

The Wright Museum consists of three distinct sections: a home front gallery and theater, a two-story Visitor’s Center, and the museum’s military wing, which houses exhibits devoted to all branches of the armed services. Among the highlights of the museum’s military exhibition is a large collection of fully-operational vintage military vehicles, including a 42-ton Pershing tank – the only known surviving example from the 1945 crossing at Remagen Bridge.

Twice a year, we make this collection available for rides for the general public. 2012 will mark the 15th year that the Wright Museum will host its annual Family Day event. The cost of admission includes two vehicle rides, a BBQ lunch, and much more.

The entire museum is air-conditioned, wheelchair accessible, and the parking lot has ample space for tour buses.

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Take a Sentimental Journey through Dozens of Great Exhibits!

Military Wing of the Wright Museum

Fascinating exhibits laden with vintage artifacts and interactive displays bring to life the American WWII experience. A collection of dozens of fully-operational military vehicles lies at the core of the Wright Museum’s collection. In addition to the thousands of square feet devoted to telling the stories of Americans on the frontlines, extensive displays also illustrate the transformative changes that took place on the home front.

Plan your visit today. Among the museum’s highlights are fully-furnished period vignettes including a 1942 gas station, corner soda fountain, and dentist office.  Learn about:

  • Child Life in the 40s
  • Entertainment and Popular Culture
  • Citizen Support for the War Effort
  • Recycling and Rationing
  • Scientific and Technological Advances
  • Women’s Role on the Home Front

Working Pershing Tank in Wright Museum's Collection

In addition to the Home Front experience, special displays also include a large array of fully operational military vehicles: tanks, halftracks, jeeps, motorcycles and more. The museum is fortunate to have in its vehicle collection a 42-ton Pershing tank, the only existing example from the capture of the Bridge at Remagen over the Rhine River.

Wright Museum members receive free museum admission, a subscription to The Wright Timesand free and discouned entry to a wide variety ofspecial events. Membership dues help us to preserve the museum’s collection and develop important educational programs that benefit learners of all ages.

Home Front Gallery

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18 Highlawn Road, Warner, NH, United States 78.27 mi

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum, Education and Cultural Center, is dedicated to connecting people of today with 20,000 years of ongoing Native American cultural expression. The Museum embraces cultural diversity and encourages responsible environmental action based on respect for nature. Through exhibitions and programs, the Museum seeks to challenge and inspire all of us to improve the quality of our lives and our world.

Voted by NH Magazine as the Best Cultural Center of 2012, Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum is a great place to bring the entire family. Fun educational tours, beautiful grounds, the Village of Warner and Rollins State Park are all reasons to visit. Children will appreciate the scenic sets, animated characters, and realistic costumes to be discovered at Mt. Kearsarge!

Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum brings you on a memorable journey encompassing the amazing diversity of North American Indian cultures and reverence for nature. Discover the past by examining artifacts left behind in various ancient Indian territories. Combination tours also include a guided walk through the Medicine Woods Nature Trail featuring 100 plants native to our area, that were used by Native peoples for tools, medicines, shelter, and more!

Don’t forget to make a pit stop at The Dream Catcher Gift Shop to purchase a souvenir on your way out!

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Family Trips At Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum

MKIM is a great place to bring your entire family. Fun educational tours, beautiful grounds, the Village of Warner and Rollins State Park are all reasons to visit. Here’s another reason…

Quests…they’re not just for knights anymore!

Quests help intrepid explorers uncover treasures of Native culture! Tour the museum at your own pace with the help of our family oriented Quests.

Completing the Circle Quest guides visitors through the galleries using engaging verses that encourage visitors young and old to observe the artifacts in special ways. Come questing at Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and find a treasure at the end.

“Now, name a game where balls are tossed

From stick to stick, it’s called Lacrosse

Find the stick used for that sport

Then let me give the full report.”

and further on:

“Now go in search of bison grand

To Plains tribes who traversed the land.

The buffalo was like their general store

Providing leather, tools and more.”

 

The Medicine Woods

The Medicine Woods Quest

Leads visitors through a nature trail where plants grow that were and are used by Native Americans for food, medicine, dye, and building material. The Quest focuses on some of those uses and leads you to a treasure at the end.

 

General Public Tours

Visitors make take a self-guided tour of the museum at any time throughout the day. The last admission to the galleries is at 4:00. A self-guided tour includes:

  • An introductory video
  • A self-guided tour brochure
  • User-friendly DVD kiosks with information about the various regions of the United States
  • The chance to set your own pace or to concentrate in particular areas
  • The Dream Catcher Gift Shop
  • A self-guided tour of the Medicine Woods Trail

Guided tours daily at 2:00 

Visitors may opt to tour the museum with a trained guide each day at 2:00. After you have seen the introductory video your guide will take you through the museum’s seven galleries. He or she will provide you with information about the artifacts in each gallery, including

  • How the artifacts were used.
  • When and where they were made.
  • The materials and techniques that were used in the creation of the artifact.
  • The person or people who created the artifacts: Who were these people? How did their cultural and spiritual beliefs influence the choices they made in creating these artifacts?
  • Feel free to ask questions throughout the tour. Your guide will gladly answer them.

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1305 White Mountain Highway, Milton, NH, United States 83.6 mi

The New Hampshire Farm Museum is a non-profit 501 c3 educational organization dedicated to preserving, promoting and carrying forward New Hampshire’s rural and agricultural heritage. The New Hampshire Farm Museum consists of two adjoining farmsteads situated on 50 acres located on Plummer’s Ridge in Milton, New Hampshire. The historic Jones Farm and the Plummer Homestead are listed on the National Register of Historic Places and were passed down in the same families for two centuries. The Museum operates a working farm growing heirloom varieties of vegetables for our Community Supported Agriculture Program and for sale in our Country store. We raise hens for eggs and keep a small selection of heritage breed farm animals to support our educational efforts. We have displays of agricultural implements and educational exhibits on rural life and agriculture for the visiting public and our many visiting school children. We offer guided tours of the historic Jones farmhouse as well as farm animal tours. Special events and programs, workshops, and day camps are offered throughout the year.

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Your Visit

Enjoy a visit to our historic working farm and museum. There is plenty to see from agricultural exhibits to heritage breed farm animals and fields of heirloom vegetables and gardens as well as displays of carriages and tractors and guided tours of the historic Jones Farmhouse. We have trails through the woods and fields and picnic tables. You can spend two hours or bring a picnic and spend the day. Or just visit our Country Store for our own farm grown vegetables, eggs from our free range chickens and New Hampshire made products.

Just a few things to keep in mind:

  • Photography is welcome but not allowed on the Farmhouse tour except by special arrangement.
  • We’re sorry but dogs are not allowed on museum grounds.
  • Smoking is not allowed on museum grounds.
  • Most buildings are handicapped accessible including the Country Store, the historic farmhouse and the barn.

What To See

The Jones Farmhouse:  available by guided tour only, tours hourly.
The Jones Farm and connected farm buildings extend 275 feet and range in date from the 1770s to the early 1900s. Each part of the connected farm structure tells a different story about rural life and work in the past. A tour of the Jones farmhouse allows the visitor to walk through time from Joseph Plumer’s Revolutionary War Era cape, to Levi Jones’ early 19th-century tavern, into the Victorian parlor and dining room, and ending in the early 20th-century farm kitchen. In the Jones farmhouse you will find a vast collection of artifacts utilized in domestic production of textiles and preservation of food, furnishings and myriad household articles highlighting “Yankee ingenuity”.

The Great Barn:  explore on your own

Housed within the three-story, 104-foot Great Barn at the Jones Farm is one of New Hampshire’s greatest treasures: a collection of farm tools, implements, and machinery that was used to clear land, plant fields, harvest crops, construct buildings, and maintain community roads. You’ll also see perhaps the most extensive collection of milk bottles from the dairies the once proliferated the New Hampshire countryside. Try the big yellow barn hunt or just look at the exhibits.

The Plummer Homestead:  Farmer’s residence, not open to the public

The adjoining farmhouse was acquired by the NH Farm Museum in 1993. The Plummer homestead was owned by the Plummer family (originally spelled Plumer) for two centuries. The Plummer Farm houses our farmer and interns and is only open to the public for scheduled workshops and programs, lectures, guided tours, and special events such as our summer annual meeting and our holiday Wine & Cheese Tasting. The Plummer homestead is the base for our farm operation and houses the main collection of farm animals.

The John York Cider Mill: explore on your own

Between the Jones and the Plummer farms sits a hexagonal-shaped timber frame building. The building was constructed by volunteers in 2001 and houses an apple exhibit and a massive horse-powered knob mill that dates to the early 19th century. Cider was the most common table drink of early New England and most towns had at least one or two cider mills. Our cider mill is dedicated to John York, one of the founders of the Farm Museum.

The Pole Barn Tractor & Carriage Display:  explore on your own

Our collection of historic tractors and carriages is on display in the pole barn which was constructed by volunteers in 2000.

The Blacksmith Shop:  Open for demonstrations most Saturdays

Although the blacksmith shop is not original to the Jones Farm (it was moved here from Winnisquam), it is representative of farm structures common to rural New Hampshire. Farmers often adopted a skill such as blacksmithing which allowed them to repair their own equipment, make their tools, and shoe their horses as well as diversify their income doing these tasks for others. This shop was built by Charles Cate in Winnisquam and was later moved to Belmont where it stood on the farm of the late Arthur Hill.  Many of the tools in the shop came from these two owners and date to the  mid- 19th century.

The Shoe Shop

The shoe shop was relocated to the Farm Museum from Newton Junction, NH, where it was built around 1870. Small structures like our shoe shop were common rural structures known as “ten footers” as they are about ten foot square. This shop was used for piecework and the assembly of shoes; this kind of skill allowed farm families to earn cash during the long winter.

The Forest Trails: ask for a map in our Country Store

The Farm Museum’s 50 acres of fields and forest include a beautiful network of woodland trails. Bring your hiking boots and explore the trails as well as the adjacent 300-acre Jones Forest owned by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests. You may also want to include a visit to the family cemetery on your hike.

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2 Institute Drive, Concord, NH 03301, United States 86.11 mi
(603) 271-7827 (W-F 8 AM-5 PM)(603) 271-7827 (W-F 8 AM-5 PM)
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Hidden in Concord, New Hampshire is the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center. An educational journey to this Discovery Center is sure to appeal to anyone and everyone. The Discovery center offers has an amazing collection of innovative, interactive exhibits to explore engaging in anything from into the exploration in astronomy, aviation, earth and space science.

Visitors can finds themselves immersed in a world of its own delving into an excellent learning environment with programs designed for all ages! With a state of the Planetarium theater to high tech observatory to workshops for younger audiences and educators, there is something for everyone at this Discovery Center in Concord, New Hampshire. Come Experience New England’s premier Space Science and Air Center. 

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Discovery Center in New Hampshire

Family Trips

Natives and Visitors alike are in for an experience like no other! Each year thousands of all ages visit the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, from individuals to families! We offer exciting programs for all ages ranging from Super Stellar Friday workshop series to Aerospacefest – our annual aerospace festival – to a workshop called Little Explorers for 3-4 year olds to aviation ground school. There is something for everyone at the Discovery Center. Explore the exhibits, journey through space in the Planetarium theater or come and discover a universe outside in the Observatory! We welcome you and yours to the Discovery Center on your visit to New Hampshire and discover a whole world that exists beyond ours! 

Educational and Exploration Programs Available at the Discovery Center

Discovery Center Exhibits

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center offers a variety of exhibits that are designed to your next families visit a memorable one. With interactive and multi-sensory exhibits your your family on their next outing will discover a world outside of Earth. A visit to the  Discovery Center is sure to stimulate and add to the learning the environment in the classroom and outside. Find more information on all exhibits on display the Discovery Center in New Hampshire Here!

Planetarium Shows

Planetarium Shows at the Discovery Center run approximately 40-45 Minutes. 

Planetarium Shows

Calendar of Planetarium Shows

Discovery Center Observatory

Come and experience a wonder of its at the Discovery Center in New Hampshire with a visit to the Observatory. Open Thu-Sun 1-4 PM and the 1st & 2nd Friday evenings of the month from 6:30-9 PM, the observatory is your gateway to the stars. You and your Family will experience the thrill of bringing faraway moons, planets, nebulae, clusters, galaxies etc. right into view, up close and personal. The observatory offers a first hand experience  opportunity to see first hand real objects in the day and night skies.

Birthday Parties and Private Events

Looking to hosting an unforgettable event that will wow your guests or your child’s next Birthday Party? Look no further the booking your next event the Discovery Center in New Hampshire. You have the choice of booking just a single room to the whole center overnight. You and your guests can have an all exclusive access to exhibit halls, conference room, function room, Unitil Program Center, observatory, and state-of-the-art planetarium theater.

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Overnight Programs

Enjoy an evening under the stars with an Overnight Adventure! The program includes guided exhibit exploration, hands-on activities, planetarium show, evening snack, and visit to the observatory featuring telescope viewing (weather permitting).

Check-in time is 6 PM; check-out time is 9:30 AM. Enjoy a light breakfast in the morning and visit the Science Store! Everyone receives a special Overnight Adventure patch!

Most Overnight Adventures are scheduled from Saturday night to Sunday morning. We also have some Friday night to Saturday morning availability, and other days may be available upon request.

Download our Overnight Adventure Mission Plan for a packing list and event schedule. Call 271-7827 x0 to make your reservation today!

Workshops

The Discovery Center offers workshops ranging anywhere from the age of 3 to adults. Come in an discover our Little explorers workshop or Rocketeers. Our workshops are designed to encourage learning in and outside the classroom in the subject of Science and Space exploration.

Complete List of Workshops available

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