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McWane Science Center, Birmingham
(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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TripAdvisor
  • My kids always enjoy it. Year after year you do get that same ole same ole feeling though. They have expanded recently however. Its great for children of different ages. The imax is a fun must see. It...  more »
  • Really enjoyed the day at Mcwayne Center. Plenty to do and see for all ages. This place makes learning fun 
  • I was looking for things to do in Birmingham and this one was a winner. Mostly geared towards children, so keep that in mind. My friend and I enjoyed exploring all the exhibits. There was a great bala...  more »
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  • The staff here is absolutely wonderful; always available to answer any questions the kids might have. Great place to take the kids for an affordable afternoon activity.
  • 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.
  • This place is a wonderful attraction and learning center for kids and adults alike! The IMAX theatre is incredible and is a must try when visiting. It truly offers enrichment for the community and tourists alike.
  • Love this place! You need to go ahead and get the family membership. It pays for itself after like 2 visits. You also get free parking as a member. We probably go 4 times a year or so...
  • Great place for children to learn and have fun while doing it.