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McWane Science Center

200 19th St NW, Asia, Birmingham, AL 58202
+1 205-174-8300
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Ranked #5 of 44 Attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums
Owner description: Fun and learning never end at McWane Science Center, a nonprofit, hands-on museum and IMAX(R) Dome Theater. Four floors of interactive exhibits... more » Owner description: Fun and learning never end at McWane Science Center, a nonprofit, hands-on museum and IMAX(R) Dome Theater. Four floors of interactive exhibits celebrate science and wonder - from an amazing collection of dinosaurs to innovative environmental showcases, imaginative early childhood playgrounds, and an awe-inspiring aquarium. The energy and excitement of discovery spring to life through an extensive lineup of science demonstrations performed daily by talented educators. The adventure intensifies in the IMAX(R) Dome Theater, where wide-eyed visitors experience the sights and sounds of breathtaking films on a 5-story-tall screen surrounded by 3 tons of high-intensity speakers. « less
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

The McWane Center is kindly hosting the conference I'm attending. What an incredible place for adults & kids! The exhibits are kid (& adult) friendly. I'm really impressed with all of the activities. Just wish I had time to watch all of the IMAX movies!

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Alexandria, AL
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We have been here a few times . We always have a great time. I recommend having a full day. There is so much to do that I wouldn't rush it. It is a great place for kids to have "hands on" science. I love a place that will make my kids think but have fun at the same time.... More

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Hartselle, Alabama
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21 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

lots of things to capture attention and imagination of wide age of children. We had a 4 year old, an 8 year old and an11 year old with us and they all enjoyed it. The food selection leaves a little to be desired but it's o.k. Pizza always pleases kids.

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Starkville, Mississippi
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

There have been numerous times I've asked my girls, "Where would you like to go visit this weekend?" and many times they've answered, "Birmingham! So we can go to McWane Center!" They've probably been ten times each and would go ten more easily. It's well worth the admission fee and tons of stuff to do indoors for an entire day!

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Montgomery, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We decided to take a quick overnight trip to Birmingham. We found a great deal with a downtown hotel that included McWane Center admission with the cost of lodging. My 4 year had a great time trying each of the experiments. The 2 year old enjoyed the play area designated for the younger children. This place truly had something for... More

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Cleveland, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I'm a kid at heart, so I loved it! Great place for kids/families. Fun, interactive, educational. The touch tank where you could pet stingrays and small sharks was my favorite. It was like a science museum, zoo, and aquarium all in one!

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Cleveland, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We spent four hours here, and could have easily stayed longer. Our kids enjoyed the lower level most since they love ocean creatures. Each level had a lot to offer. They were able to make slime with the help of some of the workers. All workers we encountered were enthusiastic and helpful. There were lots of interactive experiments that were... More

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Katie B, Public Relations Manager at McWane Science Center, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us know about your experience during your last visit with us here at McWane. Sounds like you did have a full day! I am glad you go the AAA discount - we have been partnered with them for many years, it is a great money saver to have. Oh how I love slime - and to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Great way to spend the better part of a day! Plenty of things to keep the kids entertained (and parents too!) while learning. You can also catch a movie on IMAX and they have a snack bar.

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Katie B, Public Relations Manager at McWane Science Center, responded to this review

I am glad to see you had a great time in your last visit with us - and thank you for putting a review up regarding it. We appreciate our visitors and all they do for the "word of mouth" marketing. I hope you will come and see us again - we will have new exhibits coming online soon as... More

Birmingham, Alabama
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10 reviews 10 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

I've seen the Jerusalem presentation twice this summer. The attendants were all friendly, knowledgeable and helpful in managing the long lines.

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Katie B, Public Relations Manager at McWane Science Center, responded to this review

Glad you got to see Jerusalem this summer - isn't it breathtaking? Thank you for giving our staff a "shout out" - they really enjoy serving our visitors and really love the IMAX. I hope you will come see us in the future - we have more great IMAX movies in our schedule. More

Moulton, Alabama
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Parking deck makes parking quick and easy In all kinds of weather! The center has 4 floors of intriguing and interactive science activities and exhibits for people of ALL ages!! My family visited last weekend and there was plenty for all of us to enjoy!!! From my husband and I, at 60 to our 8 month old grandson....there were ample... More

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Katie B, Public Relations Manager at McWane Science Center, responded to this review

I am so glad to hear you had a great time on your last visit with us. I always tell people we have plenty to keep "all ages" occupied and interested. You really must try to see the IMAX next time you are here - it is a Dome theater which makes it surround you even more! More

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