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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
Description: 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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Full day of entertainment

Lots to do with younger children (5&7). Lots of levels and diverse areas from an ocean touch tank (pet a shark & Ray) to magnets to interactive video walls. Good selection of food... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Lots to do with younger children (5&7). Lots of levels and diverse areas from an ocean touch tank (pet a shark & Ray) to magnets to interactive video walls. Good selection of food onsite and the huge dome iMax was impressive (and a nice rest).

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

I take my grandchildren here regularly. They always have such a great time and don't want to leave. There are always new exhibits for them to enjoy. They also learn a lot.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This children's museum left much to be desired. It seemed a bit tired and dated. I would not recommend this as a highly desirable place to take your family.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to bring the grand children. When our grand kids visit us from Oklahoma they always want to go to the McWane Center. It is fun for adults too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

I took my three little kids ages 5, 7, 8 during the Toy exhibit. And We LOVED it. Tons of games for them to see and play. We spent about an hour just on one floor. We will have to come back and check out the IMAX next time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We wanted some fun for our child's third birthday, so we all went to McWane- there was so much to do. We spend about 8 hours there. The price is just right- enough that if you live close you might want a year membership. The water tables were our personal favorite, but the touch tank is also great. I loved... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

This is a great place to take the kids. Good deal for all they offer. This was our 2nd trip and was just as fun as first time. Please don't be in a rush because this is a busy place but worth the waiting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

My wife and I went for the Toytopia exhibit which could have been bigger, in my opinion. We enjoyed walking around and looking at the regular exhibits as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

This is definitely a full morning or even all day event if you include the IMAX film and your kids (or you!) don't totally give out! Each level has its own personality and age appropriate activities. Kids don't even realize they are learning while having so much fun. Mine are constantly trying to grab my attention to show me something... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The kids love this place. It's several floors of interactive learning and fun games for kids and they have exhibits that change. There's a petting area for stingray and a few other aquatic creatures. Every time that I've been there are always a ton of people. If you go, plan to spend a few hours. I'd suggest looking online for... More 

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Additional Information about McWane Science Center

Address: Address: 200 19th St NW, Asia, Birmingham, AL 58202
Phone Number: +1 205-174-8300
Location: United States  >  Alabama (AL)  >  Birmingham
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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