McWane Science Center, Birmingham

4.6
#2 of 9 in Childrens Museums in Alabama
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. To visit McWane Science Center on your holiday in Birmingham, and find out what else Birmingham has to offer, use our Birmingham itinerary maker website .
Create an itinerary including McWane Science Center
map
McWane Science Center Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
781 reviews
Google
4.6
TripAdvisor
  • Let's face it: science has the ability to captivate, right? So, it shouldn't be that difficult for a science center to get it right. Sadly, there are those who get it wrong. McWane Science Center isn'...  more »
  • Make this a must stop for anyone, not just families. Fantastic facility with lots to do for all ages. Little ones will love Itty Bitty City, Collections area is amazing and don’t miss aquarium in lowe...  more »
  • McWane Science Center is a great place to take young children, and they will never get bored. The experience will not only be educational, but a great time.  more »
Google
  • We had so much fun here! I'm like a big kid when it comes to science museums, and this was a really good one. I don't know who played harder, my daughter or me. I would recommend planning to spend several hours here.
  • Great place to spend time with the family and learn about science. Staff was helpful and friendly. We got a membership so we can do it come again.
  • This place could have been a lot of fun, all of the things for kids to do, and exhibits were great! However, the people who work there needs a lot of improvement. The girl at the ticket counter rolled her eyes at me when I told her I needed tickets for my family for the day. She rolled her eyes like I was retarded and said with a huge attitude, "For how MANY?? 🙄". I wish I would have left right then, but I went on and spent $50 in tickets and went in. There is a great little food court with a Subway, a Pizza Hut, a burger place, and I think a smoothie place but it wasn't open at the time. The Subway concessions person tried to skip us by yelling, "can I help someone who is READY to order??" (We were literally standing there for 2 seconds).. all of the "demonstration" people seemed like they were trying to hide behind their counters to avoid having to do their jobs...and there was a whole school there that just let the kids run wild destroying everything, taking things from younger kids, being just crazy and out of control. Staff members should have made them behave or kicked them out since their teachers and chaperones did NOTHING. I actually saw them laughing at the kids behavior! The girl down at the shark/stingray touching was VERY NICE and knowledgeable and answered everyone's questions with a smile. Loved her! You all need to make her the training manager or something. I didn't get her name, and I don't know how long she was at work, but we went down there right around 9am this morning (6/21) if you'd like to track her down. Give her a raise or something, I don't know...Use her as an example of how to treat people! Anyway, our overall experience was terrible. I would never go there again. Ever.
  • We visited while they had bus loads of kids there on a field trip. It was crazy chaotic and hard to enjoy everything. Our 3 year old was trampled often. We were surprised at how dusty the birds and some of the displays were. We had a good time. It was worth visiting
  • 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 that often doesn't get to go to McWane any more, and misses it greatly. The exhibits are still interesting, even the ones that have been there as long as I can remember, and it's great fun to get to feel like a kid again, exploring the wonders of science. Some favorite exhibits of mine are the recurring trains exhibit that happens each year around Christmas, the giant-size Lite Brite, and, of course, the ever-present bed of nails. I can't forget the bubbles, either! Last week, I was able to see a doctor, a real estate appraiser, and a future realtor playing with bubbles, and having a fantastic time letting go of inhibitions. This is truly a unique place, where everyone can be a kid again!

Plan your trip to Birmingham

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Where to stay in Birmingham

The downtown financial district is populated with luxury chain hotels that service business executives and travelers. Moderately priced hotels dot the outlying neighborhoods. Consider an apartment in the Eastside neighborhood to immerse yourself in local culture.
Live like a local, find unique places to stay
Millions of travel reviews on TripAdvisor

Plans in Birmingham by other users

3 days in Birmingham BY A USER FROM CANADA December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, outdoors, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: January, outdoors, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 8 days in United States BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, kids, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: February, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 5 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in United States BY A USER FROM SPAIN January, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, historic sites, wildlife, popular PREFERENCES: March, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: November, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in United States BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA June, popular PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 11 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, kids, popular PREFERENCES: December, kids ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM CANADA January, popular PREFERENCES: January ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Alabama BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans