Planning your next visit?

Advance tickets are required for all guests including children, and all guests over the age of 2 must wear a proper face covering.
Read more about our safety protocols and plan your next visit to the new Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

What you Need to Know


All guests, including members, must reserve tickets before their visit at this time.

Tickets go on sale two weeks in advance online.

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Morehead Members
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Free (regularly scheduled Shows)
You must present a valid Morehead membership card for free admission. If you are not a member, you can join online.

Children under 3
Free (with parent)
Children (ages 3-12)

$12.95 + tax


$14.95 + tax

Seniors (60+), *Students w/valid ID

$13.95 + tax

*UNC students with a valid ONYEN can now enjoy $4.00 planetarium shows and free admission to Morehead. To reserve UNC student tickets, please call our box office at 919.962.1236. This discount cannot be redeemed online.

Our Science Stage and exhibit spaces are now included in your general admission ticket price.

Special pricing may apply for field trips and groups with advance reservations.

Special pricing is available for field trips and groups (10 or more visitors) with advance reservations. Check out the Group Visits page for more information, or request a reservation online.

A $3.00 discount will be applied to all tickets. We understand that the current COVID-19 safety protocols and restrictions may impact how you experience our new building. The discount is automatic – you do not need to include a separate discount code.


Check out the For Educators page to view more information about field trips & outreach visits to your school.


Getting Here

From Raleigh and Eastern North Carolina

Take I-40 west to Exit 270 (US 15-501). Turn left off the exit and cross over I-40 onto US 15-501 south. Travel 1.5 miles. When the road forks, take the right fork to Franklin Street. Follow Franklin Street west for 2.5 miles and look for Morehead on the left.

From Pittsboro and the Sandhills Area

Take US 15-501 north to Chapel Hill. Cross Fordham Boulevard (this is the US 15-501 Bypass) and stay on US 15-501 Business, which is Columbia Street. Travel 1.5 mile and turn right onto Franklin Street. Follow Franklin Street east for a half-mile and look for Morehead on the right.

From Durham and Areas Northeast of Durham

Take I-85 south to US 15-501. Travel south and cross I-40. Travel 1.5 miles. When the road forks, take the right fork to Franklin Street. Follow Franklin Street west for 2.5 miles and look for Morehead on the left.

From Burlington, Greensboro and Western North Carolina

Take I-40 east to Exit 266 (NC Highway 86). Turn right onto Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard (Historic Airport Road). Travel north 4.1 miles and turn left onto Franklin Street. Follow Franklin Street west for a half-mile and look for Morehead on the right.

Parking for Morehead visitors is available in several area parking lots and on Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill. 

The closest parking lot is directly in front of the Morehead Building and is operated by UNC as a campuswide parking lot. This UNC lot is gated and offers 40 public spaces, in addition to annual permit spaces. During normal operations, a parking attendant is on duty during these hours:

  • Monday-Thursday: 7:30 a.m.-12 a.m.
  • Friday: 7:30 a.m.-2 a.m.
  • Saturday-Sunday: 3 p.m.-2 a.m.

Fees apply for each hour of parking during these hours ($1.75 per hour) and can be paid by cash or credit card. Overnight parking is not permitted in this UNC lot.

UNC reserves spaces in this lot for events, so spaces are not always available. Please allow adequate time to find alternate parking if this lot is not available. Questions concerning this parking lot can be directed to the UNC Department of Public Safety at 919-962-3951. 


In addition to the UNC lot directly in front of the Morehead Building, visitors can find metered spaces on Franklin Street (free on Sunday and after 6 p.m. on weekdays) and public parking decks on Rosemary Street (fees vary by lot). After business hours and on weekends, other parking lots on the UNC campus may have spaces available. 


Small buses may be able to park in the UNC lot, if space permits.

Standard buses are not permitted to park in the UNC lot but may use this lot to drop off and pick up passengers. Bus drivers should pull into the lot, drive to the front of the Morehead Building and let passengers off the bus. All group members should remain on the sidewalk in front of the building while one adult goes into the gift shop for check-in. Buses may use off-site parking at the Dean Dome. If needed, Morehead will provide shuttle service so that bus drivers can be with their groups during on-site activities.

Bus drivers should return to pick up the group at a time designated by the group leader. Planetarium staff can help group leaders determine the approximate time. It is helpful if bus drivers have access to cell phones.

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:

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

Do you need to make an accommodation request? Please contact our Guest Relations team at 919.962.1236 at least 15 minutes before your scheduled program.


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 15 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.

Visit our Accessibility page for more information.