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.


The completion of our renovation signifies Morehead’s transformation into a full-service science center with highly interactive exhibits that explore all disciplines of science. Newly installed exhibits on multiple floors of the building explore astronomy, biology, biomedical engineering, public health and more.

Ivan R. King Gateway Gallery

The Gateway Gallery is located in Morehead’s rotunda and contains exhibits that highlight the impact of UNC-Chapel Hill and Morehead on astronomy science. Guests may also enjoy the building’s historic portrait gallery in this space.

Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill

Breakthrough Hub

Explore current research by UNC scientists in our new Breakthrough Hub. The largest transformation in the building, visitors will find interactive exhibits exploring Public Health, Astronomy, Marine Science, Plant Ecology, and Biomedical Engineering.

Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill
Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill

Hidden No More

The Hidden No More project allows visitors to explore the relationship between light and color through hands-on activities, virtual reality experiences, and more. The exhibit is accessible via the Breakthrough Hub. Learn more about this initiative here.

museum goers explore exhibit

To The Moon & Back

exhibit mirror
Jon Gardiner/UNC-Chapel Hill

The year 2019 marked the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission – the mission that landed the first men on the moon! Come see our life-sized exhibit that commemorates the historic mission, and highlights the impact of the race to space.

Are you an educator?

Ask about our Exhibit Challenge Guide to use during your field trip to Morehead. It features brief descriptions and comprehension questions to deepen the learning experience for your class.