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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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Nice way to make kids love science

This place is awesome. The whole family will have fun there. Kids will get a softer and less intimidating introduction to physics and chemistry. Nature's section is also amazing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Hoover, Alabama
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Hoover, Alabama
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35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This place is awesome. The whole family will have fun there. Kids will get a softer and less intimidating introduction to physics and chemistry. Nature's section is also amazing. Loved the Madagascar movie. It was so informative.

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Chelsea, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Educational and fun all in one! The Imax movie was super cool and huge! Well worth the stop if you are in Birmingham.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Great place for everyone! Took my four year old and he loved it! My husband and I loved it as well. I wish I had known how much there was to do there because we got there after lunch and was rushing to see everything before they closed. If you go just go early so you can enjoy everything. They... More 

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Birmingham
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

This is great fun for families with children of ALL ages. There is something for everyone my favorite is the IMAX movie. The McWane center does an excellent job shuffling exhibits so you don't see the same thing every time you go. All is layed out very well and takes just enough time to see everything. We especially like going... More 

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Zeeland, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Our family (including a 6 year old and a 9 year old) had a great time at McWane. We spent about four hours there playing with the different displays. We recommend a visit to anyone with young children (toddlers thru elementary age).

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Birmingham, AL, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

What can you say about a science center that caters to children of all ages? It begins in the lobby with a perpetual ball machine that will blow your mind. We visited the first time over the Thanksgiving weekend and the Center had a huge model train display they set up every Holiday Season, November through January. on the top... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Love this place! It's always a blast. We wear ourselves out with a 2 and 4 year old checking out all the great exhibits until we can't do anymore and we still never see everything. Great way to spend the day!

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BIRMINGHAM
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We recently went to the McWane Center for a granddaughter's birthday. Everyone had a blast, 6 grandchildren, from 1 to 8 years old, their 4 moms and dads and 2 grandparents. The Itty Bitty Magic City was a hit for all the little ones, all of us played with the interactive science exhibits on the first floor. And the games... More 

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Irondale, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is my 6 yr olds favorite place to go. So many floors of child friendly exhibits with changing exhibits to keep you wanting to come back. They also have a nice I Max theater.

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This was the second time we have been while visiting in Birmingham. It was still a good time for the little ones but not as much for my eleven year old.

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