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“Wonderful Family Day”

McWane Science Center
Ranked #3 of 90 things to do in Birmingham
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Redding, California
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213 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Wonderful Family Day”
Reviewed March 17, 2008

Today with the IMAX theater experience for our family and our friends with us we had the very best birthday outing.

All the staff were so helpful, the kids (2,3, 4, 5, 7) and parents all thoroughly enjoyed the exhibits and exploration activities.

Thank InternationalCare
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southern, u.s.
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“rip off”
Reviewed February 20, 2008

our sons seventh grade shape class rode a bus 3 hours to get to mcwane center. one exhibit we were told we could not enter if we did not work for a school ,so me and tree other people got to sit outside for four hours till the exhibit was over. now this is my fourth time to visit mcwane center ,as we have an older daughter that was in shape and this never happened before. is this going to happen each trip ? if so i think i'll just keep my money and save myself the 3 hour bus ride and sit outside at home until the shape class gets back . mcwane center you are learning very well how to completely ruin a field trip from a parents view .

2 Thank rockwood84
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Las Cruces, New Mexico
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26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“One of the best science museums around”
Reviewed December 31, 2007

We loved this place--nice, new exhibits, good balance of text to buttons and other interactive stuff--interesting ways of presenting scientific material. we spent about 4 hours there when the museum was not really crowded and had a chance to do everything.

DO NOT MISS this activity if you are touring Birmingham with young children.

2 Thank LC1968
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destin, fl
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2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“McWane Your Brain”
Reviewed November 22, 2007

The kids really enjoyed this center. However there were 2 issues that we had:
1) There isn't enough staff to ensure that children get a chance to see each display. There were kids running around unattended and wouldn't "share" the displays so we unfortunately missed out on some of them because of this.
2) It is advertised as 4 stories however only 2 stories are accessible with exhibits. The 3rd and 4th floor is only available for classrooms and events.

Other than that this was a great experience that the kids enjoyed. They were ages 3, 6, & 7.

2 Thank sadiesangel
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Enterprise, Alabama
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Wondeful visit with the Grandchildren”
Reviewed April 8, 2006

Birmingham is centrally located for our family to meet here. This was a geat place to meet and take they grandchildren. There was something for all ages and they children loved it. The IMAX was nice, too.

Plan on paying $5 for parking, also, per vehicle.

Do skip the Movies Cafe if you can. The health rating was in the 80's and the woman at the register was rude. For those prices, you can go to a family restaurant and get much better food.

4 Thank NurseHolt
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