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McWane Science Center

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Address: 200 19th St NW, Asia, Birmingham, AL 58202
Phone Number: +1 205-174-8300
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Fun and learning never end at McWane Science Center, a nonprofit, hands-on...

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.

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"Star Wars" at the IMAX theater was fantastic!

There are a lot of varying activities and exhibits for all ages We enjoyed the Model Trains exhibit very much. The Zip Line was a hit with the children.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

There are a lot of varying activities and exhibits for all ages We enjoyed the Model Trains exhibit very much. The Zip Line was a hit with the children.

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Thank Don H
Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

When my son was young, He's now graduating college, he would request to go to the McWane Center all the time. It is a marvelous environment for young minds. The interactive learning is fantastic and the programs offered there are really well presented.

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Thank Christina F
Birmingham, Alabama
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great fun for kids. Different interactive areas are available that keep kids interested. Fun idea for family time.

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Thank rckyp14
Birmingham, Alabama
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Great place to take the family for a day of fun. Many different activities to engage all ages. I have been many times and have always had a good experience. The facility/attractions are always clean and the staff friendly and helpful.

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Thank Stacey H
West Point
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

My sister suggested visiting this place when visiting Birmingham for business. After a visit to a local park, my wife and I decided that it would be a both fun and educational experience for our six year old. There were many hands on activities available for children of all ages, and it seemed quite accessible for those with disabilities. The... More 

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Thank Rob B
Birmingham, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We love love love taking our kids there. So much to learn and do. Go on a weekday to avoid crowd. This is the best rainy day family destination in ALABAMA!

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Thank awyeth
Gulf Shores, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

my daughter like the bubble factory. fun with water games. can't wait to return. glad it was open on a sunday

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Thank TheKrispyK
Columbia, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I visit a lot of museum and lare attractions - was very impressed with this one. Very interactive and seemed updated in a lot of areas. Guest service was OK. Bodys exhibit was good. Would definitely recommend - and not just for families. I went with two other 30 somethings and we really enjoyed it.

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Thank Pickles M
Oneonta, Alabama
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

very good for families and fun for kids they are nice people. It is very clean. The facility fits the atmosphere.

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Thank 120jake
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This science museum is interactive and fun. Several exhibits change frequently. I have even spent the night in the museum with my daughter's class, which was a great experience for all. Easy parking in the deck, an onsite restaurant and an aquarium downstairs. And don't forget to see an imax movie.

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