7 great reasons to become a member now!


For more than 60 years, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center has supported science education in North Carolina. Now, you can support Morehead and get special benefits for yourself -- including free admission to hundreds of science centers and museums nationwide through the ASTC Passport Program.

Membership dues help Morehead produce new planetarium shows, present special events such as Family Science Day and offer thought-provoking programs for adults like Carolina Science Cafe. When you invest in membership, you are investing in Morehead's future.

Become a member today and for a full year you receive:

  • Unlimited free admission for two adults and all children (age 18 and under) in your family to planetarium shows, Science 360, Science Live and interactive exhibits

  • Priority registration and discount on summer camp

  • 10-percent discount at the Morehead Gift Shop

  • Special discounts on classes and other special programs

  • Special member communications about select Morehead programs

  • Guest passes for free admission (one-time use only) and one-hour parking vouchers

  • A discount on birthday parties at Morehead

  • Admission benefits at more than 300 different museums through the ASTC Passport Program of the Association of Science and Technology Centers. (Limitations apply to museums and science centers participating in the program that are within a 90-mile radius of Morehead and your home.

  • 50-percent discount on admission to the Natural Science Center of Greensboro. Morehead members must present their membership card and a matching photo I.D. to receive the benefit.

  • 50-percent discount on admission to the NC Zoo. Morehead members should enter through the Zoo Society/members-only entrance and present their membership card and a matching photo I.D. to receive the benefit.

Higher membership levels include additional benefits.

A list of membership categories and benefits appears below:

Membership Category Visitor** Household Friend Lunar Solar Stellar
Annual dues $40 $70 $125 $250 $500 $1,000
Tax deductible portion $40 $70 $72 $165 $383 $837
Free planetarium admission* YES YES YES YES YES YES
Priority registration and discount on summer camps NO YES YES YES YES YES
Concierge camp registration NO NO NO YES YES YES
10-percent discount at Morehead Gift Shop NO YES YES YES YES YES
Discount on Morehead birthday parties NO YES YES YES YES YES
Special member communications YES YES YES YES YES YES
Guest passes for free admission (one-time use only) 0 2 6 10 14 20
One-hour parking vouchers 0 4 6 8 10 12
Donor recognition NO NO YES YES YES YES
Discount on admission to NC Zoo NO YES YES YES YES YES
Discount on admission to Natural Science Center of Greensboro NO YES YES YES YES YES
ASTC Passport Program NO YES YES YES YES YES

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is a unit of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Membership dues are charitable contributions and are non-refundable. Your contribution, less the fair market value of offered benefits, is tax deductible. Please refer to the table above to see Morehead's estimation of the tax-deductible portion of your membership contribution. Please refer to Internal Revenue Service Publication 526 for more information.

*Please note that free admission applies to regular planetarium, Science 360 and Science Live! shows. Morehead members receive discounts on shows that do not follow regular ticket pricing.

**The Visitor membership is only available for purchase in the Morehead Gift Shop and is limited to one guest who lives 100 miles or more from Chapel Hill. Proof of residence is required to purchase a Visitor membership.

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center retains the right to amend the terms of the membership program at any time.

Membership privileges cannot be used for field trips and group visits.

You can view a list of frequently-asked questions about membership by choosing the "FAQ" link in the left column of this page. If your question doesn't appear on the list, please contact Morehead's membership office at (919) 843-3574 or at mpscmembers@unc.edu.

We look forward to seeing you at Morehead Planetarium and Science Center!

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    7 great reasons to become a member now!
    1. Membership is a great bargain.
    2. You’d be supporting a North Carolina treasure.
    3. Discounts in one of the coolest gift shops around.
    4. A whole year of fun!
    5. It’s the only way to get priority registration for summer camps.
    6. Membership is tax-deductible.
    7. Free planetarium shows for a whole year (regularly-scheduled public shows only)



    Contact the membership office:
    919-843-3574 mpscmembers@unc.edu