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Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

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Address: 250 E Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Phone Number: +1 919-962-1236
10:00 am - 3:30 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

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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They have a nice botanical garden on the side to walk around in before or after going inside. A wonderful place.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2016
michael w
Rosenburg, Austria
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Clayton, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

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Rosenburg, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

They have a nice botanical garden on the side to walk around in before or after going inside. A wonderful place.

Thank michael w
Kannapolis, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 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.

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Pittsburg, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

What a lovely way to spend an hour or two on a hot afternoon. Bring a sweater--the air conditioning is cold! The planetarium shows are all excellent.

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Haguenau, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

I love the planetarium. This is the first thing I became a member of when I came to Chapel Hill. They have great shows, great people. This building and the vicinity have so much history too! The free exhibitions are very nice but the setup is odd. The Science Center should be developed a bit to become a full blown... More 

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North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

I love planetariums. When I go, I enjoy looking at displays, learning about the cosmos, and watching a presentation on the planetarium dome that discusses the mysteries of the universe. While the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center DOES have a planetarium dome with movies, visitors need to be aware that this is just about ALL they have. Putting the movies... More 

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016

The Morehead Planetarium is a fun and educational place to visit whether you do so as a family trip, school or scout trip or on a date night to do some skywatching or see one of the laser light shows. The facility has a rich history dating back to the late 1940s and is one of the oldest and largest... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

I attended the spring programme of Starry Nights and found the evening both fun and informative. The staff were very knowledgeable and pleasant. The building itself was also very beautiful. I shall try and return for other events.

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Northern Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016

Very nice planetarium with programs geared toward elementary students. We thoroughly enjoyed the Magic Treehouse film -- especially my 8 year old. The movie on elements of flight was also good. Nice gift shop right in the midst of gorgeous Franklin Street. Well worth the visit!

Thank HoosThat
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

There are several different shows at the Morehead Planetarium, however I've only gone to the most popular one "Carolina Skies". It really mesmerizing, and awe inspiring to see how immense our universe is and how many trillions of stars and galaxies there are! I was impressed and plan to bring some visitors there soon. .

Thank jainsea

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