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Carolina will welcome guests to the new UNC Visitors Center at 134 E. Franklin St. on March 6.
The center previously was housed in the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. The new Franklin Street location is part of the University’s efforts to create a gateway to campus, to invest in downtown Chapel Hill and to demonstrate to the people of North Carolina the value of the important work that happens each day on the campus.
For many, it will be the front door to UNC and an introduction to the University’s innovation, research and global reach through interactive monitors and the Sense of Place walking tours.
Visitors can take a selfie with a life-size Rameses; read about notable Tar Heels and learn more about faculty, staff and alumni who have made an impact on campus and in their communities; study a campus map that provides a visual overview of campus and walking directions to campus locations via text; and mark their hometowns with a virtual pin on a world map.
An average of 700 people per month came to the Visitors Center in 2019. Annually, it serves more than 8,500 people, with nearly 4,000 taking part in tours across campus.