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McWane Science Center

200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3117
+1 205-714-8300
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Sit at TOP of Imax , skip the food court

Good for all ages. Imax movies are best from upper rows of seating. We have held season passes... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
freakycleanmom
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Odenville, Alabama
Wonderful McWane!

Unbelievably well done Science Adventure experience for families with children. Toddlers trough... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
barbarananni
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Nashville, Tennessee
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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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  • Average5%
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“all ages” (134 reviews)
“imax theater” (42 reviews)
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200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3117
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+1 205-714-8300
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Good for all ages. Imax movies are best from upper rows of seating. We have held season passes every few years since the opening 20 years ago. The food court has never been good, though, and always expensive. You can pack a lunch, retrieve it...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Unbelievably well done Science Adventure experience for families with children. Toddlers trough teens will enjoy this thoughtfully curated installation. There are so many interactive opportunities that even with crowds, children are able to move through the center with ease. Handicap accessible.

Thank barbarananni
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Reviewed 1 week ago

They will have many hours of fun and learning. Fabulous center. IMAX movies too. All ages of kids love it as there is something for each age. Adults love it too, because we are all kids at heart. If you can take the noise of...More

Thank Jean H
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had so much fun at the Science Center. This is probably one of our tops because it was expansive and there were so many different things to do. What I liked about it was the fact they had explanations for every exhibit. The explanations...More

Thank Ro K
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter and I took 3 year old Granddaughter for a day trip. She enjoyed playing on the Fire Engine and the water activities. The personnel were friendly, we ended out trip with lunch.

Thank Pam L
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Good science center experience. Nice compact museum with something for everyone. Kind of a combination children's museum with a traditional science museum. Our kids had a fun time. Takes a few hours to see everything. It was helpful we were able to use our reciprocal...More

Thank ekkerb
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been members of the McWane for about 3 years. There is always so much to see and do. Our kids9 & 6 year so old - always enjoy coming here. The “itty bitty Magic City” is great for the younger crowd- 6 and...More

Thank jazziekitty
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recently took my 5-1/2 year old son to the McWane center for the first time. We stayed there for 6 hours, and he did not want to go home even then. The IMAX was very good. Crane Works had a lot of different equipment set...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Family of four with 9 and 6 year olds. We went on St. Patrick’s Day and it was VERY crowded. However, the Center is very big and we hardly had to wait to try any of the cool activities. We all had fun! Will be...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The McWane Science Center is a great place for kids to learn interactively; especially on a rainy day.

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btwarden
6 August 2017|
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Response from Anjelica G | Reviewed this property |
Yes it's open 7/week
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Pam M
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
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runnercwalex
13 May 2017|
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Response from MRSJRollins | Reviewed this property |
There is a parking deck right beside the center that connects to it. You pay about $6 to park. You don't walk far at all.
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