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McWane Science Center

200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3117
(205) 714-8300
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Our 2 grandchildren enjoyed this place so much that our daughter ended up taking them there 3 times.

The experiences are interestingly interactive, thanks to the friendly, involved, well-informed... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Karen B
Perfect spot for kids

McWane is a great spot to bring kids of all ages. There's so much to do, and there is always new... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
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Fun and learning never end at McWane Science Center, a nonprofit, hands-on museum and IMAX(R) Dome Theater. Four floors of interactive exhibits celebrate science and wonder - from an amazing collection of dinosaurs to innovative environmental showcases, imaginative early childhood playgrounds, and an awe-inspiring aquarium. The energy and excitement of discovery spring to life through an extensive lineup of science demonstrations performed daily by talented educators. The adventure intensifies in the IMAX(R) Dome Theater, where wide-eyed visitors experience the sights and sounds of breathtaking films on a 5-story-tall screen surrounded by 3 tons of high-intensity speakers.
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 17:00
200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3117
(205) 714-8300
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The experiences are interestingly interactive, thanks to the friendly, involved, well-informed staff members.

Thank Karen B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

McWane is a great spot to bring kids of all ages. There's so much to do, and there is always new exhibits. For toddlers, there's the Itty Bitty Magic City exhibit. Something for all ages!

Thank Ahodges8
Reviewed 3 days ago

We were in Birmingham during our evacuation from Florida. Traveling with 4 children, ages 14-3, it is sometimes difficult to find something to entertain everyone. The McWane Science Center fit the bill. It was amazing, even for the adults. We spent well over 6 hours...More

Thank Matthew J
Reviewed 4 days ago

My son loves the McWane Center! He is 8 and we have had a membership since he was 2 or 3. There is always more things to play with and they have rotating exhibits on the top floor. My husband and I love to explore...More

Thank gdalestumps
Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome location. Smell from the cafeteria and movie theatre was a little off-putting at first, especially for a family with a food-allergy kid. Made us feel like the place was covered in butter. But it was clean overall and the staff was very friendly. The...More

Thank ointmentwhopper
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We spent most of the day at this place with our kids and grandson. There is so much for everyone to do. We enjoyed the entire experiance. Our 4 year old grandson loved this place, we could hardly keepnup with him. It is reasonably priced,...More

Thank Mike W
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were hurricane Irma evacuees from FL and needed something to take our minds off the storm. It was really well thought out and had something for everyone. Very enjoyable.

Thank Kmbassoon
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I visited McWayne Center with our ten year old son. We had a great time and it was very educational.

Thank MistyS1975
Reviewed 1 week ago

Enjoyed all the experiments, the play area for the kids and especially the aquatic life. Lots of fun activities for the family. There is also a food court on site.

Thank Lovegooddining
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very family friendly museum that offers hands on experiences. The body experience was there when I attended and it was well worth the short time I had to see it.

Thank Brian D
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6 August 2017|
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Response from Anjelica G | Reviewed this property |
Yes it's open 7/week
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12 June 2017|
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Response from 6016-1824 | Reviewed this property |
Great question. It probably depends on the teenager. I promise you most of the adults are fascinated by the exhibits and hands-on activities, but a teenager is a different animal. I probably wouldn't take just teenagers... More
13 May 2017|
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Response from Robb H | Reviewed this property |
There is a pafling garage connected to the Mcwane Center. I think it is free to visitors.