Funding Priority

Revitalize Morehead’s
Campus Facility

We will be fully equipped to engage students and the public. The Gateway Gallery will convey John Motley Morehead’s vision of a place where the arts and sciences intersect. The new “Breakthrough Hub: A Lab to Life” exhibit will showcase the transformative impact of scientific research happening right here on campus, while making the scientific process at-large real and relatable. A re-configured entry, facelifts for the GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater and the science stage, an appealing new gift shop, new hands-on learning labs and improved outdoor spaces will meet and exceed the expectations of today’s visitors.

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center

    A Voice for Advancements

    We’ve led innovation in science education since opening in 1949. As a beacon for STEM research and outreach, we continue to educate Carolina students and the public about the critical role the sciences play in our lives. Our new interactive exhibit space, “Breakthrough Hub: A Lab to Life Exhibit,” is designed to give the public insight into how research progresses from abstract ideas first tested in a laboratory to innovations that go on to be integral to everyday life – and often, to save lives. Focusing on cutting-edge work from Carolina researchers, this space offers a hands-on introduction to the science behind the invention. One of our first exhibits is “Evryscope” For Everyone. What if something important happens in the universe when—or where—we aren’t looking? Astronomers at UNC are working to lessen that likelihood with Evryscope. Designed by Nicholas Law and his team in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Evryscope takes images of the night sky every two minutes, offering scientists the ability to detect astronomical events, distant planets and other new discoveries. Visitors to the Evryscope exhibit can zoom through our cosmic neighborhood with images made possible by the “wide-seeing” scope, using simple hand gestures to take a guided tour or explore on their own. And their experience advances our research—each exploration is added to a citizen-science database shared with Carolina astronomers.



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    Morehead Science Center

    Seeing More Stars

    New projection system revamps the Morehead Planetarium

    Kids in a classroom complete science-related crafts

    Summer of Science

    Bringing engaging, informative science education to students across the state


    Only a Spark

    “The support for the initiative is overwhelming. The school board, school system, teachers, and the parents are all engaged and committed.”


    Where Early Space Journeys Began

    “When you walk into our planetarium, you’re walking in the footsteps of men who walked on the moon.”


    Look to the Stars

    The night sky has much to teach us beyond astronomy; it can lend perspective on how early humans grappled with a universe beyond their comprehension – but not necessarily their imaginations.


    A Summer-ful of Science

    Just because school is out doesn’t mean that kids should stop learning.