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McWane Science Center

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Great for all ages

We spent 4 hours here and could’ve easily spent all day!! The itty bitty town was awesome and my 4... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Teri M
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Fun for Family visiting from out of town with smaller childrens.

Children enjoyed playing at the bubble station, basketball & building the race car station & also... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
SLJ66
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Birmingham, Alabama
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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...more
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200 19th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203-3117
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We spent 4 hours here and could’ve easily spent all day!! The itty bitty town was awesome and my 4 year old didn’t want to leave so we took her back before we left. My 12 year old had just as much fun playing with...More

Thank Teri M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Children enjoyed playing at the bubble station, basketball & building the race car station & also the big screen with the butterflies & many more things.

Thank SLJ66
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We are grandparents to 2 and 4 year old grandsons. When they visit from Atlanta they always want to spend a half day at McWane. It offers a great variety of exhibits that are “hands-on” for a broad age range. They really love the “itsy-bity...More

Thank brysonW
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love the interaction with the exhibits -grandchildren love to go and talk about it all the time, but us older kids can still enjoy and even learn a thing or two, highly recommend for all ages.

Thank lecarmon0312
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The McWane packs a large dose of educational material into exhibits and activities that keep children engaged and active for hours. I particularly liked the IMAX Backyard Wilderness movie and wish thst it could be made available online. The exhibits are suitable for ages 4...More

Thank KiminGranCouva
Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Great for young children but needs some updating .. BIRMINGHAM is a lovely city and should fund facelift and revitalize area surrounding the center ....

Thank Janet M
Reviewed 11 August 2018

I got the year pass and my kids really enjoyed it. The itty bitty city is perfect if you have toddlers to 5-6 year old kids. Good plan of a rainy day or celebrate a birthday.

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Katie B, Public Relations Manager at McWane Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2018

Thank you for your membership - we appreciate your support.

Reviewed 8 August 2018

Our toddler & preschool aged kids could spend their entire day in 'Itty Bitty Magic City', but there is so much more to do at McWane! We especially loved the dinosaur exhibit this time. Plan to go early on a week day to avoid the...More

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Katie B, Public Relations Manager at McWane Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2018

Thank you for visiting us and thank you for letting us know about your visit.

Reviewed 7 August 2018

This place has something for everyone in the family. I just bet you cannot go and not learn something new.

Thank Carla M
Katie B, Public Relations Manager at McWane Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2018

I totally agree! Thanks for visiting us and we are glad to hear you learned something new!

Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

We had fun but some of the attractions are out of order or doesn’t open until 2. We thought that was weird since they still charge you full price. The bubble area smelled bad like they didn’t change out the water. Not sure about coming...More

Thank Stephanie H
Katie B, Public Relations Manager at McWane Science Center, responded to this reviewResponded 16 August 2018

I am sorry to hear you were disappointed in your visit to our museum. We are always working hard to maintain our exhibits and keep them working in a timely manner. I hope you will give us another try - we have some wonderful new...More

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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
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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
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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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