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Get Hands On at New Hampshire Science Centers

Unearth scientific and natural discoveries in the granite state. From marine exploration to weather, technology and space, hands-on exhibits throughout New Hampshire’s museums and learning centers offer awe-inspiring revelations for all ages.

Seacoast Science Center

Dive in to fascinating creatures of the deep sea and learn about marine ecology at the Seacoast Science Center in Odiorne Point State Park near Portsmouth, NH. Exhibits include the story of Tofu, a humpback whale who lived in the Gulf of Maine and learn how sea mammals survive in that region. Take a tour of modern technology that allows explorers to better understand the deep blue or get your hands wet in the close encounter touch tank where you can pet a chain catshark or sea star.

Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center

At the top of Mount Washington in North Conway, the Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center provides hands-on activities to help you gain a better understanding of how weather works. The Observatory has a long tradition of education and has been recording the mountaintop weather conditions since the late 1800s. Visitors can connect live with a worker who is monitoring weather on the summit and learn through interactive exhibits like Unleashing the Power of the Sun.

McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center

Ready for a fun day of learning about space and science? The McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, located north of Concord, engages its visitors to learn about aviation, astronomy, space science and Earth science.

This incredible center is named after New Hampshire residents, Christa McAuliffe, one of the seven who died in the Space Shuttle Challenger, and the first American in space, Alan Shepard.

The hands-on exhibits include SunWorks - An International Art Exhibition, Marvin - the Martian Rover, the Redstone Rocket Plaza, Space Shuttle Model and Walk on the Sun.

While at the center, be sure to check out the replica of the Mercury-Redstone Rocket, watch one of the shows in the planetarium theater and check out the night sky from the Celestron 14" Schmidt-Cassegrain Telescope, from the Observatory.