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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.


Cera Ridley

Monday, May 28, 2018
My girls (ages 3 and 5) loved our visit to the science center! McWane Science Center has so many activities for everyone to enjoy. The activities are engaging, educational, and fun. There are three levels of fun. After going through each center, we were all thoroughly tired...but in a good way. This is a perfect way to spend some time with family doing indoor activities based on science. We will definitely visit the McWane Science center again.

Jessica ann

Sunday, June 10, 2018
We love McWane! I suggest getting a membership, especially if you have a large family, & plan to attend more than once per year. You will save so much money this way! I didn’t know this until my 3rd visit to McWane when I finally took the time to educate myself on becoming a member. By the 3rd visit, I had paid more for my family’s admission for 2 visits than our yearly membership costs! Plus you receive free parking, discounted food court, & all the “perks” (special activities for members only) is truly worth it. I would also suggest tying to go through the week if you have small preschool age children, because it can get very crowded & overwhelming during the weekends.

Steven Moore

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
This is a really interesting, and interactive experience. My kids have loved this place since it opened. Membership is the best deal, easily pays for itself in two visits. With membership you can visit other museums in other states also. Very nice benefit. Membership also gets you free parking, normally $5.00.

Jessica Saylor

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
My family has been going to McWane for about 3 years and since my child was a baby and we love it. It's such a great place to take your kids to play and learn all kinds of things from blowing bubbles to petting sharks! My child always had a great time and we look forward to going back. Since our child is still under the age of 5 we love taking her to Itty Bitty Magic City where kids get to be kids and learn and play with so many different things like being a chef or firefighter, but she really loves the water area the best. It's a great place and we're so glad Birmingham has it.

Lily Elmore

Thursday, March 29, 2018
An excellent interactive science museum for all ages. Engaging activities for all skill levels, educational staff and wonderful exhibits. When I visited, kids as young as five were getting to participate in a cow eye dissection! What an awesome experience for young, curious folks! Older kids will also enjoy activities regarding physics, biology, zoology, meteorology, and so much more. It's an incredible museum that is perfect for families in or visiting Birmingham. Be prepared to stay for hours- it's that much fun!

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