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McWane Science Center, Birmingham

Categories: Science Museums, Museums
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4.6/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
McWane Science Center offers four floors of interactive exhibits, dinosaur models, and a five-story IMAX theater. Learn about science through the wide collection of hands-on exhibits, see the towering dinosaur bones, and view more than 50 species of aquatic life in the world of water exhibit. Educators give science demonstrations throughout the day, and the IMAX screen presents movies on a grander scale. There are also a wide variety of fossils, Native American artifacts, and other exhibits to choose from and a playground to entertain children. With our international travel planner, Birmingham attractions like McWane Science Center can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • When we went there was sooooooooo much being worked on and that was down. What was working was fun but I'm afraid too much was broken and not in working shape. 
  • The ground floor of McWane represents a children's museum at its best. It has some old favorites and some unique exhibits. My 6-year-old loved the stand-on dodgeball video game, and we all enjoyed the...  read more »
  • Great day at the McWane Center in Birmingham. We were visiting family and while they were in school we traveled to the Center with our special needs 20 yr old daughter. We all three tried to beat the ...  read more »
  • We stopped on our way north from Florida to meet some friends that live in the area, and they suggested this as an activity for all the kids. Their kids are older, while ours are younger, but both families had a great time. Our friends have been here multiple times, so they knew what to expect, but still seemed to really enjoy themselves. Meanwhile, our kids are both in the "five and under" category, so they got into the space for younger kids. It was awesome. The only problem was we weren't prepared for wet kids, so we couldn't let them fully enjoy the space. They still had a blast, though. They also really enjoyed all the hands-on experiments, even if many of those were well beyond their understanding at five and two. The kids also loved the lower level aquarium. They particularly enjoyed the rays. And then we found the model trains. I'm fairly sure we spent an entire hour just looking at all the scenes in the various displays. The older one has repeatedly asked to go back.
  • Year membership is great deal! Mcwane is a great afternoon trip when we have errands in bham. Itty bitty city is really cute. Rotating displays on top floor
  • So amazing! I can't believe how huge this place is. We got in free with our nc science center pass too. My kids had a blast! We will be making a stop here every time we're in Birmingham.
  • Not a bad location to bring children or a school trip. I'd recommend the IMAX for adults. We watched a great film about National Parks and it was really beautiful.
  • Hands down one of the best destinations for children (and adults!) in Birmingham. There's more than enough to fill an entire day, with my daughters particularly enjoying the Itty Bitty Magic City play area, the rotating third floor exhibits, the dinosaurs, the zip line and model trains in the winter, and the Big Machines day. The daily science shows are always fun too, when you can catch them. Adults won't be bored either, there are plenty of exhibits that let the "big kids" play too, all while teaching you fun little nuggets of knowledge. Highly recommended!
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