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Morehead Planetarium

Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27599
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Ranked #5 of 19 Attractions in Chapel Hill
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Observatories/ Planetariums, Landmarks
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Owner description: Educational and entertaining programs for all ages that teach and explore the science of the universe.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

This was a great family experience to learn about navigating the solar system over the Carolina Sky. I enjoyed this show because there was interaction between host and audience.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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104 reviews 104 reviews
34 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

beautiful historical campus structure housing the facilities for astronaut training in the past. the center draws large groups of school children for education and scientific fun and entertainment. it is a good day trip for the family to include the university visit and local restaurants for a lunch break. children will always remember the visit. the educational programs are continuing... More

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Cary, North Carolina, United States
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67 reviews 67 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Great old building. Lots of interesting displays. The planetarium is very cool and they do a great job with the programs. Interesting fact that the Apollo Astronauts trained here in the 60s. You'll be glad you went.

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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73 reviews 73 reviews
43 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Wonderful educational experience. Shop has great science toys/projects for children. Parking can be difficult so arrive early for your show in case the lot is full. Suggest making reservations during school year since students on field trips might fill the seats. Before or after the show, tour the UNC campus. Morehead Planetarium is part of UNC, and is in downtown... More

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Pittsboro, North Carolina, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Morehead Planetarium is the oldest University planetarium in the US, but has shows that keep up with the times.

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Manassas, Virginia
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

I liked having a place to park. The new exhibit that opened, Gross Labs, was interesting a place most kids would love.

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North Wilkesboro, North Carolina
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200 reviews 200 reviews
52 attraction reviews
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My husband and I took our grandchildren to the planetarium to celebrate our granddaughters 7th birthday. We enjoyed the few exhibits they had prior to the show. Wish there had been more hands on interaction for the children other than a water exhibit room. The Magic Treehouse show was interesting, definately sit near the back of the room to get... More

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Durham, North Carolina, United States
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

I grew up in the area so went here with school groups and enjoyed the visits then. Have continued to go to exhibits as an adult and still enjoy my time here. Interesting exhibits even though some of the hallways seem a bit run-down over the last few years. Still has some well-done planetarium presentations. Can usually find a coupon... More

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Herndon, Virginia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
24 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Love taking my kids to the various astronomy exhibits over the years. "The Magic Treehouse" movie & gift shop are always enjoyable.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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65 reviews 65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

My first trip to the Morehead Planetarium was great! It was a little confusing figuring out how to enter as you need to enter through the gift shop. Tickets are $8.25. The shows run on the hour and last about 45 minutes. The seating has the backs tilted back a little farher than a typical movie theater but that helps... More

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