About the Project

What will it be like?

Imagine a place that takes you on a journey through time, where you see natural history unfold. Imagine being immersed in an undersea world, where you get close to the creatures of the deep. Imagine learning in a dynamic hands-on way about the wonders of our waterways, weather, and ecosystems. One day you can, at the Earth, Sea and Space Center.

At the center, visitors will learn how the waters of our world shape our earth and our lives. From a placid lake to a tumbling river to the vast ocean stretching to the horizon, each affects the other, and in turn, the environments around them. And, the connection doesn’t end there. Earth, oceans and weather are constantly influencing each other, from the slide of a rock plate to the pull of the moon, and the crash of a wave. Understanding how these forces relate is key to the health of our planet. At the center, visitors will see how weather and climate affect our past, present and future. They will hunt for geological clues to our history, and examine our changing landscape. They will also learn the critical role space technology plays in monitoring the health of our planet. From satellites used to track the vitality of coral reefs and whale migrations, to lessons learned on Mars, our forays into the heavens aid our research here on earth.

In the aquarium section, spectacular, oversize tanks will allow visitors to feel immersed in undersea environments. From the colorful to the bizarre to the magnificent, the residents of the “final frontier” are viewed face to face. Other exhibits let visitors travel from the mountains to the sea, exploring this vital “web of waterways” while learning about its importance. Touchpools and other hands-on exhibits allow visitor interaction and provide a memorable learning experience.

Visitors will also tour our research facility and will discover the region’s maritime heritage through displays on fishing, lobstering, shipbuilding and submarines.

Before leaving, visitors will enjoy the gift shop, sign up for programs and membership packages, and discover other fun and educational options provided via co-promotions with neighboring attractions.

Like other museums, our Earth, Sea and Space Center will offer in-house classes and seminars, programs for schools, pre-schoolers and seniors, traveling outreach efforts, and partnerships with local schools and educational facilities.

Satellite hook-ups will bring the museum's marine knowledge and research efforts into classrooms locally, regionally and around the world. All of these efforts will increase the academic opportunities for thousands of students.

The Earth, Sea and Space Center will open not only windows on the waters but windows on the world. In a few short years it can be a reality -- with your help. Support this project and discover the wonders of earth, sea and space.

Key Facts

In five years, the Earth, Sea and Space Center could exist. The Friends have been working hard to make this vision come true.

A successful and competitive facility would run 45,000 to 55,000 square feet in size, and require five to seven acres. We need not be on the water in order for the facility to function, but would prefer to be because it will enhance research efforts. We are currently looking at a range of locations around the Seacoast.

The museum would offer incredible educational benefits for people of all ages. Schoolchildren would gain hands-on learning opportunities in all facets of science, as well as other subjects. High schoolers would explore career opportunities, and college students would experience internships in a wide range of fields. Other programs would be offered for pre-schoolers, seniors and special interest groups.

The earth, sea and space center also provides important opportunities for research, as conducted by partners such as key departments at the University of New Hampshire (see Educational Goals). Such a facility would offer fantastic resources for unraveling the mysteries and benefits offered by the planet’s greatest resources: its waterways and oceans.

The facility will also generate far-reaching economic benefits, since the museum is designed to be of significant size and sophistication to draw people to the region. Once here, they can visit the center, then enjoy the many shops, restaurants, and other attractions on the seacoast. The project lends itself perfectly to a range of co-promotions and weekend get-away packages. It also provides New Hampshire with a badly needed significant year-round attraction.

Next Steps

Friends of the Earth, Sea and Space Center’s next task is to raise the money for the master plan and concept study. While preliminary reviews have been done regarding the viability of the New Hampshire seacoast region overall, final site-specific research must take place. These studies will provide hard data regarding cost, size, number of visitors, economic benefit, final storyline, and much more. The information is key to the project’s success, and to launching a capital campaign as strong visuals and firm data will be needed.

The master plan and concept studies will be done by Lyons & Zaremba of Boston, and Thomas J. Martin Associates of Cambridge, MA. Both companies have worked on major aquariums and museums around the world, including the Baltimore Aquarium, South Carolina Aquarium, Mystic Aquarium, Long Beach Aquarium, Shedd Aquarium of Chicago, the Crayola Factory, and the U.S. Figure Skating Museum, to name just a few.

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