Parking Lot Update

The UNC-owned Morehead parking lot is under construction. Weekday visitors must pay using ParkMobile (Zone Code 4468) or the Pay Station near our iguana. For more info, go to our Plan A Visit page.

Ways to Give

Every gift counts

Thank you for your support of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center! Whether you purchase a planetarium show ticket, join us as a member, or make an annual gift, we appreciate every contribution. Your support ensures that children from all across the state get to experience the wonder of Morehead and that everyone has the opportunity to engage with science in a meaningful way.

Convenient Giving for Everyone

Every contribution is important to the sustainability of Morehead and science education in North Carolina. Learn more about giving options that best suit your needs or make a gift online via this button.

Make a Gift Now

On May 10, 2024, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center will celebrate a remarkable milestone. We have been sparking curiosity for 75 years! From our beloved fulldome theater here in Chapel Hill to schools and communities across the state, we are proud to advance equitable and inclusive science learning and exploration for all.

In honor of our anniversary, we’re launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise $75,000 with the help of 750 donors. You can join the celebration by making a gift here. Your gift will help spark curiosity and ignite a lifelong love of science for visitors of all ages.

Your unrestricted gift allows Morehead to invest strategically in areas of vital importance to the organization and its mission. You can make a one-time or recurring gift here.

We also can accept stock, property, retirement assets, life insurance, and other types of non-cash gifts. To make a non-cash gift, please contact Stephanie Ridley at or 919.843.3475 for assistance.

For $5,000, you can sponsor a Skyview Seat in the GSK Fulldome Theater at Morehead. Each sponsored Skyview Seat will have a plaque affixed to the armrest and engraved with the donor’s name or the name of someone the donor wishes to honor or remember. Your seat contribution supports Morehead’s Visitor Experience Fund which helps us invest in exciting new educational and exhibit spaces and programs. This giving option makes a great graduation or holiday gift as well as a gift in memoriam.

You can reserve your Skyview Seat with a one-time gift here. For more information about Skyview Seat sponsorship or to set up pledge payments, please contact Adam Phelps at or 919.962.7012.

You may be able to increase your impact at Morehead through your employer’s matching gift program. Many employers will match all or a portion of your contribution. Some companies will even match gifts by retirees and/or spouses.

If your company has a matching gift program, please list the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the charitable organization, tax identification number 56-6001393. The University will apply your match to the same purpose to which you designated your personal gift. You can mail your matching gift form to:

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
PO Box 309
Chapel Hill, NC 27514-0309

Visit the UNC Matching Gifts web page to see if your employer makes matching gifts.

Through planned gifts, you may be able to make a bigger impact on Morehead than you ever imagined possible. In addition, you may be able to realize financial and tax benefits by supporting Morehead through philanthropy.

Learn more about planned giving to Morehead.

For 75 years, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center has supported science education in North Carolina. Now, you can support Morehead and get special benefits for yourself at Morehead as well as hundreds of science centers and museums nationwide through the ASTC Passport Program. This giving option makes a great gift for young science explorers, astronomy enthusiasts, and families alike.

When you invest in a membership, you are not only investing in the future of Morehead, you are investing in the future of science education in North Carolina. Purchase a Morehead membership today.

We are grateful for the support and engagement of our corporate partners. Please see our Corporate Engagement Guide for more information about some of the ways your organization can support Morehead.

An annual corporate membership is $2,500. This membership level provides immediate benefits for your organization and your employees. Learn more about this engagement strategy on our membership page.

Corporate supporters who have given at a specific monetary threshold are eligible to host an event in one of our unique spaces. Plan an event in our State Dining Room, give a presentation in the Science Stage, or host a private viewing of a planetarium show. Learn more about facilities rental here.