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.

Explore Chapel Hill

Explore Chapel Hill before or after your scheduled visit to Morehead Planetarium & Science Center.

UNC Attractions

Explore the historic campus of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

The UNC Visitors Center provides maps, guides, general tours, and information about campus. The Center is located at 134 E. Franklin Street, just a few blocks from Morehead. Visit the Visitors Center website for more information.

Just one block west of Morehead, UNC’s Ackland Art Museum offers free admission with nearly a dozen changing exhibitions every year. Learn more at the Ackland website.

Sports fans will enjoy a visit to the Carolina Basketball Museum, adjacent to the Dean E. Smith Center (1.5 miles south of Morehead). Exhibits include trophies and memorabilia from the UNC Tar Heels’ six NCAA basketball championships. Learn more at the Go Heels website.

The North Carolina Botanical Garden is operated by UNC as a conservation garden with an educational mission. In addition to the main gardens (located two miles southeast of Morehead on NC-54), the Garden operates Coker Arboretum (next door to Morehead), Forest Theater, and Battle Park. Learn more at the Garden website.

The North Carolina Collection Gallery at UNC’s Wilson Library (two blocks south of Morehead) features displays of artifacts and re-creations of historic rooms. Learn more at the Library website.

Nearby Dining Options

Hungry? Morehead is at the eastern edge of Chapel Hill’s vibrant downtown. There are dozens of restaurants within easy walking distance on Franklin Street. When UNC is in session, visitors are welcome at all of UNC’s Carolina Dining Services locations.

Picnics are a popular choice, too. Families and school groups often pack lunches and enjoy eating outdoors in McCorkle Place-the shaded, grassy campus quad near Morehead.

Downtown Chapel Hill

If you’re looking for a calendar of events near Morehead, the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership website is a great resource.

Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau

What’s happening in the region? The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau provides maps and brochures, along with guidance on attractions, hotels, and restaurants. Their offices are six blocks west of Morehead at 501 W. Franklin Street.