Hours of Operation
With the exception of University closings, the ECSU Planetarium is open year-round to the public. The Planetarium operates during regular business hours, Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. A limited number of evening and shows are offered during special occasions (e.g, Feature Presentations, University Open House, etc.).
All shows are FREE and by RESERVATION ONLY.
Groups should arrive at the Planetarium 15 minutes prior to their show's scheduled time. Groups or individuals who arrive late may not be admitted. If your group is running late or must cancel, we kindly request that you or your organization/school notify us in advance.
Making a Reservation
Groups of 20 or more may schedule their own show. Individuals and Groups with Less than 20 may join a group that is already schedule (space permitting).
To make a reservation, Groups must call the SKY line, (252)335-3SKY
Inclement Weather Policy
The ECSU Planetarium follows Elizabeth City State University's Inclement Weather Policy. You can find inclement weather announcements by calling ECSU Information at (252)335-3400. We will also post the information on this Web site and our SKY line (provided above). In the event of inclement weather, the ECSU Planetarium will be happy to reschedule your field trip at a later date.
We're Only a Road Trip Away!
Charlotte , NC
I-85 N. to I-40 E. to US 64 E. to US 17 N.
(Approx. 324 miles)
I-64 E. to US 17 S.
(Approx. 52 miles)
Raleigh , NC
I-64 E. to US 17 N.
(Approx. 162 miles)
I-395 S. to I-95 S. Take I-64 E. to US 17 S.
(Approx. 252 miles)
All visitors to the ECSU Campus must obtain a visitor's pass.
Vehicles without a visitor's pass are subject to ticketing and/or towing.
Visitors to the Planetarium may obtain a parking pass either from Campus Police (Thomas-Jenkins Building) or from Planetarium Personnel. Visitors may park in Lots E located near the Wellness Center and the Jenkins Science Building. After dropping off teachers and students, school buses must park near the Roebuck Stadium located on Herrington St. across from Hoffler St.
Please Be Advised: The University is currently undergoing construction for the new Pharmacy building that will be located in the area adjacent to the Planetarium that was previously used as a parking lot. Parking on campus will be limited so visitors should plan to arrive early to secure adequate parking.
Elizabeth City State University Towing Policy
Any vehicle found illegally or improperly parked on University property may be towed and placed in storage at the discretion of the Campus Police Department. Officers may exercise this authority as they deem necessary to insure safe traffic flow and compliance with the ordinances and regulations governing vehicular movement and parking on campus. Do NOT park in areas marked RESERVED. Vehicles parked illegally in Reserved Spaces will be subject to towing.
The University is not responsible for any vehicle damage resulting from towing or storage; and the owner/operator of the towed vehicle is directly liable for payment of reasonable fees to the towing/storage company in connection with such action. (The University does not collect or pay towing charges.)