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Thank you for taking a look at our calendar. At the moment we are completely booked and don't have any events with tickets available. But, we are hard at work on our summer schedule so check back soon for a new batch of tours and events for June, July, and August!
Perseids Meteor Shower
๐Ÿ“… August 9th 2024
Have you ever wished upon a shooting star? Join PARI astronomers and you might get your chance! Choose from three ways to experience this brilliant display of meteors, guided by PARI astronomers.
Self-Guided Saturdays
๐Ÿ“… June 22nd 2024
Come and explore our museum! See how our telescopes work today, and how they communicated with satellites long ago. Learn about historic NASA artifacts like our Apollo lander and real rocket engine. Take in the sparkle of mineral specimens and fossils from around the world. Discover the impact of meteorites of all types that fell to Earth. Delve into our dark fluorescent tunnel.
Self-Guided Saturdays
๐Ÿ“… June 29th 2024
Come and explore our museum! See how our telescopes work today, and how they communicated with satellites long ago. Learn about historic NASA artifacts like our Apollo lander and real rocket engine. Take in the sparkle of mineral specimens and fossils from around the world. Discover the impact of meteorites of all types that fell to Earth. Delve into our dark fluorescent tunnel.
Self-Guided Saturdays
๐Ÿ“… July 6th 2024
Come and explore our museum! See how our telescopes work today, and how they communicated with satellites long ago. Learn about historic NASA artifacts like our Apollo lander and real rocket engine. Take in the sparkle of mineral specimens and fossils from around the world. Discover the impact of meteorites of all types that fell to Earth. Delve into our dark fluorescent tunnel.
Self-Guided Saturdays
๐Ÿ“… July 13th 2024
Come and explore our museum! See how our telescopes work today, and how they communicated with satellites long ago. Learn about historic NASA artifacts like our Apollo lander and real rocket engine. Take in the sparkle of mineral specimens and fossils from around the world. Discover the impact of meteorites of all types that fell to Earth. Delve into our dark fluorescent tunnel.
Self-Guided Saturdays
๐Ÿ“… July 20th 2024
Come and explore our museum! See how our telescopes work today, and how they communicated with satellites long ago. Learn about historic NASA artifacts like our Apollo lander and real rocket engine. Take in the sparkle of mineral specimens and fossils from around the world. Discover the impact of meteorites of all types that fell to Earth. Delve into our dark fluorescent tunnel.
Self-Guided Saturdays
๐Ÿ“… July 27th 2024
Come and explore our museum! See how our telescopes work today, and how they communicated with satellites long ago. Learn about historic NASA artifacts like our Apollo lander and real rocket engine. Take in the sparkle of mineral specimens and fossils from around the world. Discover the impact of meteorites of all types that fell to Earth. Delve into our dark fluorescent tunnel.
Self-Guided Saturdays
๐Ÿ“… August 3rd 2024
Come and explore our museum! See how our telescopes work today, and how they communicated with satellites long ago. Learn about historic NASA artifacts like our Apollo lander and real rocket engine. Take in the sparkle of mineral specimens and fossils from around the world. Discover the impact of meteorites of all types that fell to Earth. Delve into our dark fluorescent tunnel.
Upcoming Events:

PARI offers a variety of customized tours and programs for all kinds of groups.

๐ŸŒžSummer Self-Guided Saturdays๐Ÿ˜Ž

We are pleased to offer self guided museum tours on select Saturdays this summer!

Choose a date below and come explore! When you arrive, press the silver call button at the gate then proceed to the visitors entrance. Tickets are sold at the door for $12.00 per person.

    Tours Available On:
  • Saturday, June 22nd
    Open from 11:00am to 4:00pm, last entry at 3:00pm
  • Saturday, June 29th
    Open from 11:00am to 4:00pm, last entry at 3:00pm
  • Saturday, July 6th
    Open from 11:00am to 4:00pm, last entry at 3:00pm
  • Saturday, July 13th
    Open from 11:00am to 4:00pm, last entry at 3:00pm
  • Saturday, July 20th
    Open from 11:00am to 4:00pm, last entry at 3:00pm
  • Saturday, July 27th
    Open from 11:00am to 4:00pm, last entry at 3:00pm
  • Saturday, August 3rd
    Open from 11:00am to 4:00pm, last entry at 3:00pm
    Included in the tour:
  • Operations and Control Room with:
    • Telescope Controls
    • 3D Printers and 3D models, inculding Lunar and Martian terrain
    • Historical exhibits of telescope and satellite communications equipment of the past
  • NASA Exhibit Gallery with:
    • Apollo Lunar Lander
    • ATS 6 Satellite
    • Redstone Rocket Engine
    • Many other items flown in space from Mercury through the Space Shuttle program
  • Gem & Mineral Gallery with:
    • Hundreds of specimes from North Carolina
    • Hundreds of specimens from around the world
    • 600 micromounts of rare minerals
    • Plant, animal, fish, and dinosaur fossils
    • Impact glasses like tektites including moldavite and australite, and other glasses like fulgarites and trinitite
  • Meteorite Gallery with:
    • Stony meteorites, Iron meteorites, and Stony-Iron meteorites that fell in places around the world
    • Famous meteorites with exciting stories
    • Meteorites that originated from the Moon, Mars, and locations in the asteroid belt
  • Fluorescent Tunnel full of rocks that glow and emit light in neon colors

PARI's annual spring open house is free and open to the public.  Join us for a day of fun and STEM learning!

  • ๐Ÿ“… Saturday, April 27, 2024
  • ๐Ÿ•™ 10:00am until 4:00pm
  • ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ Admission is free, but there will be some paid activities
  • ๐Ÿš€Hop on board our shuttle for outdoor site tours (*not a real space shuttle, just a ground one๐Ÿš)
  • ๐Ÿ’ŽTake in our museum galleries with NASA and space artifacts, minerals and gems, meteorites, and more, open with scientists to answer your questionsโ˜„๏ธ
  • ๐Ÿ”ญPeek through a solar telescope to safely observe the Sun and look for sunspotsโ˜€๏ธ (weather allowing)
  • ๐ŸชJourney through our solar system on the Galaxy Walk, our scale model of our home in the universe
  • ๐Ÿ–๏ธVisit the activity tables with fun stuff for kids
  • ๐ŸŽถHear music played by DJ RaZor with 4 Dreamz Entertainment
  • ๐ŸŒŒImmerse yourself in outer space with a planetarium show (requires a separate $5 ticket)
  • ๐Ÿ˜‹Enjoy a meal from local food vendors, and snacks from the PARI dining hall (food must be purchased)๐Ÿฅช
  • ๐Ÿ˜ƒVisit booths and displays from some of PARI's friends and partners.
  • โ›ฐ๏ธHike to our observation deck for beautiful views
  • ๐ŸŽ‰Play games outside
  • ๐Ÿ“ก Talk to one of our educators about our summer camps and learn about scholarships for your kids. You can even claim a scholarship (while they last) and register while you're here.
  • ๐ŸŽจ Paint minifigures of spaceships, astronauts, dinosaurs, & more (paid activity)

Come by and bring some family and friends. It's the perfect day to experience what we're all about and learn about our home in the universe!

Take a look at some of PARI's out of this world designs!

Each is available on a huge variety of items, like apparel, art prints, phone and laptop cases, backpacks, mugs, blankets, and more! Click one to customize it at our store on Redbubble. All proceeds benefit PARI's education mission.