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

Public Notice: COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

UPDATED: APRIL 3, 2020

Morehead Planetarium & Science Center will suspend public operations until further notice

Morehead Planetarium & Science Center, as a unit of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will suspend public operations until further notice because of ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) concerns.

This decision was made after much deliberation, and in conjunction with Morehead senior leadership and staff, as well as University leadership and counsel. Please refer to the University’s directive and complete statement online at unc.edu/coronavirus.

Morehead defines “public operations” as the following:

  • Building operations at Morehead including scheduled fulldome planetarium shows and gift shop operations;
  • Onsite programs and events;
  • The following community events hosted by Morehead: Teen Science Café, Carolina Science Café, and Skywatching events; and
  • All initiatives including the North Carolina Science Festival.

All outreach visits from Morehead educators scheduled to take place in K-12 schools and other community locations have also been cancelled, in accordance with Governor Roy Cooper’s executive order to close all public schools in North Carolina. At this time, visits are being rescheduled or refunded.

Tickets purchased through Morehead’s online ticketing system for events will automatically be refunded.

All Morehead memberships will be extended by the total number of days equal to that which Morehead is closed due to COVID-19.

Morehead’s greatest priority remains the health and safety of our students, staff, volunteers, and patrons. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide regular updates regarding our operations.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


For the most current information about COVID-19 and its prevention, please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.