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McWane Science Center, Birmingham

(4.6/5 based on 650+ 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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  • Had a wonderful time. Very engaging. Went to one of the films, very well done. Parking was challenging so you should plan for a little time to find a spot on the parking deck.  more »
  • The McWane Center is truly a gem located in Downtown Birmingham. Especially when my kids were toddlers through early elementary school, they loved going to the McWane Center. And I loved it because th...  more »
  • We have been to visit The McWane Center several times, and my kiddos love it. I have to drag them out of there kicking and screaming (that may be a slight exaggeration but they don't want to leave). T...  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.