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Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

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Address: 250 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
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+1 919-962-1236
10:00 - 15:30
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Sun 13:00 - 16:30
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 15:30

Educational and entertaining programs for all ages that teach and explore...

Educational and entertaining programs for all ages that teach and explore the science of the universe.

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My 4 year old and I had a great time at the planetarium - friendly staff, interesting and educational program, great facilities.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Anya C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My 4 year old and I had a great time at the planetarium - friendly staff, interesting and educational program, great facilities.

Thank Anya C
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

What a fun place! To think that NASA astronauts were instructed in celestial navigation there, and to see the great programming still occurring at Morehead - what a wonderful place!! We enjoyed the evening skies presentation, and would recommend it to anyone visiting UNC-CH.

Thank Nancy S
Durham, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

The Morehead Planetarium is the largest full dome planetarium in the southeast US. It's located on the UNC campus. In the 60s and 70s it provided training for astronauts for the Mercury, Apollo, Gemini, and Skylab programs and many of the astronauts that walked on the moon. The building also contains a science center, the UNC visitors center, and a... More 

Thank cheryl h
Santa Barbara, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

I was very impressed by the Planetarium. I learned more in an hour than I though possible. The presentation was smart and funny. It is impressive to be in the same place astronauts have trained.

1 Thank lsan2015
Cary, NC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I first visited Morehead Planetarium back in 1987. a little known fact: The Astronauts trained for their lunar missions here. They have shows for all ages and interests are scientifically stimulating and a good price for the shows. I took all 4 of my children and when guests visit it is always on our list of things to do.

1 Thank Ron0726
Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

If you're in the area this is a wonderful experience for kids or adults. Great 360 degree movies in the dome. A lot of interesting information on space and other things related to the earth.

1 Thank Brian M
Rocky Mount, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

The Morehead Planetarium & Science Center is located on the campus of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They have wonderful shows given by very knowledgeable staff.

1 Thank dowellmichelle
Greensboro, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed the cool inside with my 2 teenage boys. Saw wild weather in solar system. Friendly employees. Very few other exhibits.

1 Thank Uncdentist
Clayton, North Carolina
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

Had the worst experience with the Director of the Science in the Summer Program. The Director failed to send out emails, has poorly trained staff, unclear policies, and is extremely rude and argumentative. Very POOR choice of leadership for someone in this position. So disappointed with this program.

Thank clayton101
Kannapolis, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

As a stargazer myself I could not wait to take my children when they were young to the planetarium and now I am taking my grandchildren. It is amazing and educational at the same time. It is one of most favorite places to go. I have gone on so many occasions.

Thank Spiderlaw

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