Our family LOVES LOVES LOVES McWane!! It is pricey.
I do believe you can ask for a membership the day of your visit and apply what you paid that day for tickets to the yearly membership...this might be worth it for your family, if your plan to return.
I recommend making the most of your visit by going at a time when schools will not be visiting. Go EARLY, be there when the doors open, preferrably on a Monday or Tuesday...later in the week gets busier....You can pay less for parking if you park on the street near the entrance...I have never had a problem finding parking....
Take your time to really explore and discuss the exhibits with your children. Ask staff if you have questions...we have always enjoyed our visits and had to leave before seeing everything...kids just love this place!...If you are a family visiting Birmingham, I would definitely consider McWane for a fun & educational morning.
Our favorite exhibits include: the dino dig, the shadow walls on the top level, just mice size, and the sharks.
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