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Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

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Address: 250 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514-3618
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+1 919-962-1236
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10:00 - 15:30
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Sun 13:00 - 16:30
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 15:30
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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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Great place to take your grandchildren

Fascinating! Our ten year old grandson was enthralled . We were as well. The way the information and graphics were presented made it feel as if we were looking up at the sky on... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Ron B
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fascinating! Our ten year old grandson was enthralled . We were as well. The way the information and graphics were presented made it feel as if we were looking up at the sky on a starry night. The staff was very knowledgeable and held an interactive question and answer period after the show. I learned more than in my college... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recommend stopping by, especially if you have kids. This is not your typical planetarium due to its size, history, and kids programs. Stop by and learn more.

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Thank TNorla
Istanbul
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The building (in my opinion) is just as cool as the exhibitions. This is a small museum. We went to see two shows for my 5 and 8 yr olds. We saw a planetarium show which was awesome. The woman working there even talked to us about the night's sky and what we would see that night. My kids were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

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

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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.

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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 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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