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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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This is such a great place for kids of all ages!

My kids love this museum, and we visit often. There is so much to see and do. They love the aquarium in the basement. They enjoy the dinosaur exhibit. They love all the hands-on... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
ahs19
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Alabama
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Alabama
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My kids love this museum, and we visit often. There is so much to see and do. They love the aquarium in the basement. They enjoy the dinosaur exhibit. They love all the hands-on activities.

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WV
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My daughter likes science. She really enjoyed this place. Has alot of hands-on things for kids to do.

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Tupelo, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Stayed at the McWane Center for 6.5 hours. This allowed my two 8 year olds to see and experience everything they desired as many times as desired. This was a trip well worth it. Every employee seemed to enjoy their job...every one...from the ticket counter to the custodians to the classroom instructors. The center was nice and clean. Nice variety... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our first trip here and we were so amazed of all the things to do. The IMAX theater was the kids favorite thing. They said they felt like they was in the movie.

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Thank Sarah B
Amory, Mississippi
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My daughter chose this for her birthday. We have been 3 times. Not one time has the slide worked. So many exhibits are broken. It's no longer worth the 3 hour drive it takes to get here. Step it up McWane. Dinosaur bike, airplane, hover chair, slide...

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Meridian, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With 4 floors of activities and exhibits anyone at any age can find something to explore and learn. Of course our grandson who is 11 enjoyed the basketball toss and several of the exhibits on the 1st floor. We all enjoyed Xtreme Weather in the IMAX, but even though they published that there is CC, THEY DON'T!!

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Thank Sally Q
Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I grew up going to the McWane Center as a kid on field trips, and I remember the immense sense of wonder I got when entering, amazed at all that science could do. Although I don't have quite that response now, I still love it! With the recent addition of their adults-only after-hours events, they're now catering to a group... More 

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Thank rdrgrl
Birmingham, AL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to take kids. And of course the IMAX is great for kids and adults. I highly recommend taking your family there.

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Orcutt, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have a membership with another science museum in CA and we're pleasantly surprised that this On had a reciprocal relationship with it. It has some interesting building activities like large foam blocks, Knex car race track, and a huge arch. We loved the giant pin impression wall. Good for 2 hours and we were done.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I met my daughter in law and two grandsons there for an outing. I had never been there but had purchased them season ticket for Christmas. It was a wonderful experience. A must go for families.

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