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McWane Science Center

Address: 200 19th St NW, Asia, Birmingham, AL 58202
Phone Number: +1 205-174-8300
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Ranked #5 of 97 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science museums, Museums
Owner description: Fun and learning never end at McWane Science Center, a nonprofit, hands-on museum and IMAX(R) Dome...
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Type: Science museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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.

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Northport, Alabama
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76 reviews 76 reviews
16 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

I took my wife and kids here. We parked on site (because there is no place to park in Birmingham, ever.) It was convenient but the parking spaces were really small with almost no room to get out of the car. We went down the elevator to the main lobby. The line started almost at the elevator and continued for... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We have a family membership and went to the IMAX today to see a certain film. We had out-of-town guests and had scheduled our whole day around this particular film. Long story short, they played the wrong film, other patrons walked out and said they would alert the staff. We waited and waited, the patrons never returned. There is a... More 

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Hoover
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8 reviews 8 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

Good place for kids to get an understanding of how things work, and to get an intro to science curiosity.

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Birmingham, Alabama
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Many interactive activities for children. Friendly staff, great place to learn no matter your age! You can see that a lot of research and thought has gone in to the design of this wonderful science museum! For toddlers through teens-this is a fun place!

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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We love coming!!! Kids have a great time every time. I recommend going on Sat as soon as they open. You can see everything in about 3 or 4 hours.

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Birmingham
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4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I have visited the McWane center several times back when I was in school & now as an adult with the kids. Very fun & interesting even for adults! Absolutely Love the IMAX theater. We often visit just for the movies that are showing there. Prices are very reasonable & it is educational for the kids. Must go!! 👍

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Alabama
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

This is one of the best places to take children of all ages in Birmingham. Plenty of hands-on activities, exhibits, experiments, IMAX, etc. We have been members for years (my kids are now 6 & 8 and still love and beg to go here). An all time fav is the shark and stingray petting tank. There is a cafe on... More 

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Wheeling, Illinois
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

If you have kids this attraction will probably be right up their ally but I don't recommend it for adults, even for a self proclaimed science junkie like myself. It is definitely geared towards children.

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Port Allen, Louisiana
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We've been to lots of children's museums. This place topped it all. It has a small aquarium downstairs and an imax theater. In addition to that, there were 2 more levels of truly nice things to do: zip line, train rides, slides.... Be prepared to spend the day.

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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
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11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Where everyone can be a kid. Lots of hands on activities and the Imax brings a new twist to watching a movie. You have got to give yourself plenty of time so that you can take in and truly enjoy everything that the center has to offer.

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