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McWane Science Center

200 19th St NW, Asia, Birmingham, AL 58202
205 714 4620
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Ranked #6 of 44 attractions in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Science Museums
Owner description: Interactive adventures are the theme at this exciting complex which includes ScienceQuest, with hands-on science fun; an IMAX dome theater; Just Mice... more » Owner description: Interactive adventures are the theme at this exciting complex which includes ScienceQuest, with hands-on science fun; an IMAX dome theater; Just Mice Size, where tots under 6 learn, build and express themselves creatively; World of Water, with creatures from around the world and the amazing HighCycle, which gives you the thrill of a tightrope ride without the danger. « less
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Birmingham, Alabama
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

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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Moulton, Alabama
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Tuscaloosa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

My family of 5 have been several times and always find something new and always have a great time! We learn something while having fun.

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

I am happy to hear you have a great time when you visit us - but don't tell anyone you are learning anything...we like to keep that part secret (smiley face.) We try to bring exhibits and activities that are hands on as well as educational for all ages. We truly believe you can have a lot of fun even... More

Fayetteville, GA- outside of Atlanta
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56 reviews 56 reviews
11 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was a fun place to visit, and my daughter seemed to enjoy it. She's very low-key and probably didn't utilize all of the fun gadgets. But we enjoyed ourselves. It was a little crowded (on a summer Saturday) but it was large enough to handle all the groups. We didn't feel overcrowded.

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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 recent visit to McWane Science Center. I am glad you and your daughter had a great afternoon together! Summer is in fact a busy time for us - I am glad the crowd did not bother you on your visit. I hope you come visit us again - you will no doubt... More

niceville, fl
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24 reviews 24 reviews
3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Did not like that there were so many people running around:) The staff was sub-par; rude and lazy. Still great place to spend time indoors.

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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 recent visit - sounds like it was a busy day. As much as we enjoy seeing a large number of visitors each day, we know it can tend to get overwhelming when the kids excitement level might be a tad loud on some days. We are trying to work on a way... More

Celina, Ohio
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Great place for people and kids alike! We enjoy coming here every year. We usually take in one of the IMAX films, and then go see the museum. Very interesting and many hands-on activities for kids and adults.

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

I am so glad to hear you visit us every year! Thank you for letting us know and thank you for visiting - we will be glad to see you again next year. We have a great new lineup of IMAX films for the new season as well as a wonderful spring exhibit! Let us know when you get here! More

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014 via mobile

Our boys had a fabulous time at the McWane science center. Four floors of interactive activities and pure fun. We had a hard time convincing the boys to leave.

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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 recent visit to McWane Science Center - I am glad you had a hard time leaving! You are allowed to come back and visit us again - we will be having some new seasonal exhibits come online soon - thank you again! More

Alabaster, Alabama
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

My daughter enjoys coming here. I would say we've enjoyed our membership here more then our Birmingham Zoo membership, but compared to other cities the McWane center is lacking. I will continue to be a member and bring my family here as the McWane Center will be a great learning tool for my children, but after going to the Cincinnati... More

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

I appreciate your comments regarding your recent visit to McWane Science Center. Thank you for being a member of McWane and thank you for speaking freely about the facility and the exhibits. We are in the construction phase of a new addition to McWane - it is the largest capital project since our opening 16 years ago. It is schedule... More

Lee's Summit, Missouri
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This museum had four levels of things to see and do. The best level for younger children was the main level. We could have spent an entire day at the museum!

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

Thank you for visiting us here at McWane Science Center and thank you for letting people know how your visit went. We hope you will come visit us again and this time stay all day! More

Northport, Alabama
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

My family and I really enjoyed the gift shop. The cashier there name Lashaundra was very nice friendly and careing. She talk to us as if she has known us her whole life. Even my 8 year old grandson said that she was a nice lady. we enjoyed the entire center. This is a good place for children of all... 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 recent visit to McWane Science Center. I always love going into our gift shop, Really Cool Stuff, not just to shop for just the neat items they have but also to visit with the staff. They are really helpful and very happy to suggest items for you as well as tell you... More

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