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Birmingham - McWane Science Center

200 19th Street North

To blend science and wonder to encourage in those we serve a love of learning and optimism for the future.

McWane Science Center is the cornerstone of Birmingham, Alabama's downtown revitalization. This state-of-the-art science center, aquarium and IMAX Dome Theater is housed in the historic and refurbished Loveman's department store building.

McWane Science Center combines two institutions of the recent past, Discovery Place and Red Mountain Museum, to create a stimulating interactive science museum and a depository of natural artifacts for collection, storage, and interpretive display.

Unlike any institution in Alabama, McWane Science Center complements the mission of schools and educators by offering many structured learning programs that meet the standards of the Alabama Course of Studies (ACOS). The center has hosted field trips of thousands of students from public, private and home schools.

McWane Science Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, gets its name from the McWane family and McWane Foundation, sources of funding that made the center a reality for Birmingham and the region.


Crystal Gaither

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018
We had a great time!! Our 2 year old had a blast playing and learning at Itty Bitty Magic City. They have that area secured, so little ones can run and play freely and you don't have to be worried. The workers we very observant and helpful. It's also great for anyone needing handicap accessibility, with elevators and lots if resting spots. Wheelchairs are available also at no charge. There's something for everyone of any age. We can't wait to go back!!

Meghan Moore

Friday, Jan. 12, 2018
What a wonderful learning environment! We had a lot of fun. My son loves science especially dinosaurs and they had a while floor about dinosaurs. They were many interactive things to do. Make sure you plan to spend most of your day here if you love science like my son does. He refused to be rushed through the center. The staff was amazing too. They went above and beyond to help my 95 year old grandmother as well as give us information before we arrived and even got us in touch with their amazing scientist which can open doors for my son in the future when he's a little older. We will be returning.

David Greene

Friday, March 2, 2018
The McWane Science Center is a great place to take children. My son is 5-1/2 and he played all day there. There are very many things to do for young and older kids. There are three stories in the building. The day we were there, craneworks had heavy equipment and a fire truck outside the building for all of the kids to play on and look at. Highly recommend this place.


Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018
We had a really nice time at the McWane Science Center. We went on a Sunday after noon with the whole family (mom, dad, and two daughters 11 and 16). We all enjoyed the interactive exhibits and had fun exploring and learning together. We spent about 2 hours inside before visit the gift shop and making our exit. Probably not something to do too often but if you’re looking for a family friendly activity and have never visited would be worth checking it out!

Kelly McCarthy

Monday, Feb. 5, 2018
My fiance and I visited this Museum when we are in town for a holiday party. I was afraid that it would be more geared towards children but we were pleasantly surprised. The whole first floor is Interactive and even adults can have fun with it. They even have a touch tank where you can touch sharks and stingrays. The only downside to the museum is that it was a little dirty but when you have a ton of kids running around interacting with the exhibits that is bound to happen.

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