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McWane Science Center

200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3117
+1 205-714-8300
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Love love this place!

Love love this place! So imaginative, science and fun. The best children’s museum I’ve been to so... read more

Reviewed yesterday
jsallis906
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School Field trip

We had a wonderful time. The field trip was with 5th graders. They had a very, very good time. I... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Bobbie H
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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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200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3117
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Love love this place! So imaginative, science and fun. The best children’s museum I’ve been to so far.

Thank jsallis906
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful time. The field trip was with 5th graders. They had a very, very good time. I had a really good time.

Thank Bobbie H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a favorite spot for our grandchildren. It is entertaining for all ages from 3-15. The iMax theater is also located in the McWane Center. There are hours of hands on experiences for all of the kids. If you are looking for an indoor...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Been to better children’s museums, been to worse. It’s “middle of the road” in my opinion.. Today was our third time visiting on a field trip. The activities on the ground floor always seem to be crowded. We were told today was a busy day...More

Thank Anna F
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My son's class went her for a field trip and he loved it. My husband and I liked it also. It is very hands on and the kids had a lot to do. They have an awesome IMAX theater. It is great for kids of...More

Thank Tamishajack
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Reviewed 16 April 2018

Good for all ages. Imax movies are best from upper rows of seating. We have held season passes every few years since the opening 20 years ago. The food court has never been good, though, and always expensive. You can pack a lunch, retrieve it...More

1  Thank freakycleanmom
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

Unbelievably well done Science Adventure experience for families with children. Toddlers trough teens will enjoy this thoughtfully curated installation. There are so many interactive opportunities that even with crowds, children are able to move through the center with ease. Handicap accessible.

Thank barbarananni
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

They will have many hours of fun and learning. Fabulous center. IMAX movies too. All ages of kids love it as there is something for each age. Adults love it too, because we are all kids at heart. If you can take the noise of...More

Thank Jean H
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Reviewed 8 April 2018

We had so much fun at the Science Center. This is probably one of our tops because it was expansive and there were so many different things to do. What I liked about it was the fact they had explanations for every exhibit. The explanations...More

Thank Ro K
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

My daughter and I took 3 year old Granddaughter for a day trip. She enjoyed playing on the Fire Engine and the water activities. The personnel were friendly, we ended out trip with lunch.

Thank Pam L
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btwarden
6 August 2017|
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Response from Anjelica G | Reviewed this property |
Yes it's open 7/week
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Pam M
13 June 2017|
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Response from 6016-1824 | Reviewed this property |
Great question. It probably depends on the teenager. I promise you most of the adults are fascinated by the exhibits and hands-on activities, but a teenager is a different animal. I probably wouldn't take just teenagers... More
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runnercwalex
14 May 2017|
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Response from MRSJRollins | Reviewed this property |
There is a parking deck right beside the center that connects to it. You pay about $6 to park. You don't walk far at all.
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