Parking options near Morehead

Questions concerning the parking lot in front of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center should be directed to the UNC Department of Public Safety at (919) 962-3951.

The UNC lot in front of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is a gated parking lot with 40 public spaces and is operated solely by UNC. Please note that Morehead does not operate the UNC lot. Because UNC reserves spaces in this lot for many campus events, spaces are not always available when Morehead is open.

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Parking for cars, vans and short buses

Parking in the UNC lot at Morehead costs $1.50 per hour. There are also metered spots on Franklin Street and two public parking decks on Rosemary Street; all of these are a short walk from Morehead and are operated by the Town of Chapel Hill.

Parking for standard buses

Standard buses are not permitted to park in the UNC lot but may use this lot to drop off and pick up passengers. Bus drivers should pull into the lot, drive to the front of the Morehead Building and let passengers off the bus. All group members should remain on the sidewalk in front of the building while one adult goes into the gift shop to check in the group. Buses may use off-site parking at University Mall (two miles east on Franklin Street, a five-minute drive from Morehead) and should return to pick up the group at a time designated by the group leader. Planetarium staff can help group leaders determine the approximate time. It is helpful if bus drivers have access to cell phones.

Parking on nights and weekends

The UNC lot at Morehead is gated (operating hours are listed at right), and parking fees apply on most nights. Metered spots on Franklin Street are free on Sundays and after 6 p.m. on other days; public parking lots on Rosemary Street are also available but fees may apply. Many lots on the UNC campus are open on weekends.

Overnight parking is not permitted in the UNC lot at Morehead.

Parking Lot Hours

The UNC lot at Morehead is gated and an attendant is duty during the hours listed. Fees apply for each hour of parking and may be paid by cash or credit card.

Monday- Thursday
7:30 a.m.-12 midnight

7:30 a.m.-2 a.m.

3 p.m.-2 a.m.

Please note that this UNC lot is used by many campus programs and fills quickly. At times, it may be reserved for University functions. Please allow adequate time to find alternate parking if this lot is not available.