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McWane Science Center

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Address: 200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3117
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+1 205-174-8300
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 18:00
Mon - Fri 09:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 18:00
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Fun and learning never end at McWane Science Center, a nonprofit, hands-on...

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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Great! Very worth it!

There is a great set up and a large variety of hands on activities. With 4 levels of fun this museum kept my 4 year old very happy! We decided to do the i max theater and the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There is a great set up and a large variety of hands on activities. With 4 levels of fun this museum kept my 4 year old very happy! We decided to do the i max theater and the museum and they were both worth the money.

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We live in Huntsville and met our family who live in Atlanta here for my oldest son's 8th birthday. We haven't visited in about 3 years, and it has improved a lot! My 14-month-old LOVED the Itty Bitty Magic City. The water area was his favorite of that exhibit. My 8-year-old enjoyed everything. There have been so many additions, and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We come here once a week at least. It was the best Christmas gift she has gotten. She's a year and a half so it's more than perfect for her to grow into.

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Thank Evan M
Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is hands down one of the best hands on science museums in the south Great interactive fun! A must see if you come to Birmingham!

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Clay, Alabama
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Going to McWane is always a great experience! We love going to see all the different displays throughout the museum. We start out downstairs with the sharks and rays and take our time with everything. You can easily spends hours here and your kids will love every minute of it!

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Stuart, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I am sorry to say I came here with low expectations but I am happy to say I left wanting to come back! The center was very hands-on and tons of learning for young kids as well as adults. I came with six of my grandchildren and hope to come back with a group of more students to learn the... More 

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have taken or nieces and nephews many times. The exhibits change often so you are not always seeing the same thing. It is clean, staff is friendly helpful and knowledgeable about everything going on. The IMAX is a must. You r never to old to enjoy.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Grandkids always want to go to McWane whenever they come to visit. The interactive learning and fun has them laughing the whole time. Highly recommended.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From adults to teens to kids everyone is going to have a great time. So much to see and do. The IMAX is impressive. The river/ocean section is fabulous! I can't rave enough!

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Leeds, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The McWane Science Center is a phenomenal place to visit. Go with friends and/or family and make wonderful memories. Watch the movies they show and learn and have fun. When during the Winter Wonderland, going down the tunnel slide is SO MUCH FUN and watching the train exhibit is wonderful. Go VISIT and have FUN!!!

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