We have reopened our doors to the public. Here’s what you need to know to plan a fun, safe visit to the new Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

What you Need to Know

Accessibility

Accessibility Maps

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is a unit of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). UNC provides downloadable maps in PDF format to help visitors locate accessibility features on the UNC campus:

Accommodations

Morehead welcomes requests from guests with special needs and/or requests for accommodations. Please view our Policy on Non-Discrimination online for reference.

Spaces are designated directly in front of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center to provide parking for persons with disabilities. Curb cuts provide access to sidewalks, which are primarily brick throughout the UNC campus.

The parking lot at Morehead is operated by UNC and served by a gate attendant during business hours.

Morehead’s primary entrance is on the north side of the building and is marked by “Main Entrance” and “Gift Shop” signs:

  • Faces the parking lot, the sundial and Franklin Street.
  • Serves Morehead’s gift shop and GSK Fulldome Theater
  • Provides ramp, hand rails, push-button door entry, accessible restroom within 15 feet of entrance (left side)

Morehead offers headsets for assisted listening during educational programming. These devices are available for use in the GSK Fulldome Theater, Science Stage, Blue Classroom, Green Classroom and South Gallery Classroom.

If you wish to use assistive listening in the GSK Fulldome Theater, please inform the cashier at least 15 minutes before your planetarium show time.

If you wish to use assistive listening during programs in the Science Stage or a classroom, please inform the Morehead staff member leading the program at least 10 minutes before the program begins.

There is no charge to use these assistive listening devices for Morehead programming.

Sign language interpretation and/or cued speech may be available through UNC’s Department of Disability Services. Please contact Morehead Guest Relations at 919.962.1236 two weeks before your visit to request this service.

The public hallway that connects Morehead’s primary entrance and the building’s west wing is a below-ground hallway. The only way to reach this below-ground hallway is to descend a flight of stairs.

The below-ground hallway is nicknamed the History Hallway because it contains one life-size, non-interactive exhibit, ‘To The Moon and Back’ about the Apollo 11 mission. The exhibit is temporary and will be a part of a permanent exhibit that will also highlight Morehead’s role in preparing astronauts for the historic mission that put the first humans on the moon.

Persons who cannot reach the History Hallway may view pictures of the items and display panels in these exhibits. The pictures are printed on laminated cards bound on rings. It is in the gift shop, hanging on a hook by the doorway to the stairs.

Zach Vestal | Guest Relations Manager
zgvestal@email.unc.edu
919.843.3574

Important Note

Morehead is now partially closed for renovations in order to improve the safety and accessibility of this historic building. Beginning Fall 2020, visitors will have a new experience at Morehead! Sign up for our e-newsletter to stay tuned on Grand Reopening event details.