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McWane Science Center, Birmingham

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#2 of 9 in Childrens Museums in Alabama
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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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  • We are members of the McWane because it is such a great place for kids to spend a rainy or VERY hot day. The kids enjoy the Science center and mom is happy that they are getting a little education!  more »
  • We had so much fun being kids again! Yes this place is probably mainly for kids but my husband and I truly enjoyed it!  more »
  • This was not incredibly expensive. It was fun and there are some really cool things to do. My grandson had been before so he knew what he wanted to do. Unfortunately, he was somewhat bored because it ...  more »
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  • 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!