Morehead Planetarium & Science Center, as a unit of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has suspended public operations until further notice because of ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) concerns. Please read our full statement here. 

Ways to Support

Every gift counts

Thank you for your support of Morehead Planetarium & Science Center. Whether you purchase a planetarium show ticket, make a monetary donation every year, or are a member, we appreciate each contribution. These donations ensure that children from all over the state get to experience the wonder of Morehead, and that everyone can 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 Carlolina. Learn more about giving options that best suit your needs, or make a one-time gift online via this button.

Make an Online Donation Now

Your unrestricted gift to the annual fund allows the Morehead team to invest strategically in areas of vital importance to the organization and its mission. You may make a one-time gift online here at any time or you may set up a monthly bank draft. We can also accept stock, property, retirement assets, life insurance and other types of non-cash gifts.

To arrange a monthly bank draft or to make a non-cash gift, please contact our Assistant Director of Advancement at 919.962.7012.

For more than 70 years, Morehead Planetarium and Science Center has supported science education in North Carolina. Now, you can support Morehead and get special benefits for yourself, including free admission to hundreds of science centers and museums nationwide through the ASTC Passport Program.

When you invest in membership, you are investing in Morehead’s future and science for all. Get a Morehead membership today.

This giving option makes a great graduation gift, or holiday gift for young science explorers, enthusiasts, and families alike.

Morehead holds special event fundraisers each year. One of those is Jupiter Ball, a black-tie gala held in November that raises funds to provide access to Morehead programming for children from low-resourced schools. You can support these events through ticket purchases and sponsorships. The philanthropic portion of tickets and sponsorships is tax-deductible.

Learn more about the Jupiter Ball.

For $5,000, each Skyview Seat in the GSK Fulldome Theater at Morehead will have its own plaque affixed to the armrest and engraved with the donor’s name. If donors wish to honor or remember someone other than themselves, that will be acknowledged, as well.  Your dedicated seat contribution generally supports Morehead’s comprehensive upgrade which includes a fully renovated theater (new carpet, seats and paint), ADA compliant elevator upgrades, and structural renovations that will quadruple our visitor and exhibit footprint. It will help fund exciting new educational and exhibit spaces and programs. This giving option makes a great graduation or holiday gift, as well as in-memoriam gifts.

To reserve your Skyview Seat, please download and complete the Seat Commitment Form. Email the completed form to Adam Phelps, Assistant Director of Advancement.
Adam Phelps | arphelps@email.unc.edu
919.962.7012

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 your financial and tax benefits to supporting Morehead through philanthropy.

Learn more about planned giving to Morehead.

Individual and corporate supporters of Morehead Planetarium and Science Center who have given at 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 even host a private viewing of one of our planetarium shows. Learn more here.

*Please note that our building is still under renovation. We can only accommodate a limited number of requests. 

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

Visit the UNC matching gift page to see if your employer makes matching gifts.