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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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We spent five hours with our three kids and they all had a ball. I would have given it a five except several exhibits weren't working .

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We spent five hours with our three kids and they all had a ball. I would have given it a five except several exhibits weren't working .

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McWane Center is one of my favorite places to take the grandkids ... and, heck, for me to go to as well! Lots of interactive learning experiences, well-kept and clean, a delightful place.

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Thank Gail C
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A place where kids as well as adults will really be fascinated. There's so much to see and do there, you'll never get bored. There's so many scientific activities to experiment with, objects to examine and so much more. The food court is great, although it gets packed quickly. And the kids will fall in love with the many items... More 

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All three of our grandboys (ranging from 1yr old to 8 yrs old) had a wonderful time visiting the McWane Science Center! This place is a must see when visiting Birmingham.

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Thank TerriK770
Birmingham, Alabama
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lots of science participation opportunities. My favorite is a chance to build a keystone arch (about 8 feet high) from large stone shaped pieces. Getting it built with inclusing of the final stone, the key stone, was an adventure. With the cooperation of my grandson and granddaughter, we made it on the 2nd try.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth every penny . My children never get bored and have been many many times . Bring snacks because the lunch place gets packed .

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Thank 902tracid
Birmingham, Alabama
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is one of the best attractions in Birmingham. We've been taking our grandchildren who visit from Atlanta for years, and they always find something new to enjoy. Great for young children all the way to teens.

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Helena, Alabama
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great place for toddlers to teenagers. IMAX movie and many hands on activities to stimulate the imagination. We make this a priority visit for the grands when they come to visit.

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My granddaughter is 5 years old. She liked being able to participate in all the activities and science experiences. She loved the show most of all. It was a very enjoyable day watching her expressions.

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Thank Lori T
Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent science center !!! We take our nieces and nephews many times throughout the year. They just can't get enough! All staff we encounter are always nice and helpful. Every time we go there is something new to explore. The kids favorite part is getting to pet the sharks and stingrays. Fun for adults and kids of all ages! So... More 

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