Heart of the City: McWane Science Center

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This classic building combines history and spectacular space for a perfect downtown event venue.

In 1998, Discovery Place and Red Mountain Museum merged to create a stimulating interactive science museum now called McWane Science Center. This state-of-the-art museum is housed in the historic and refurbished Loveman’s department store building. McWane Science Center is the cornerstone of Birmingham, Alabama’s downtown revitalization.

McWane Science Center does not just focus on science. We strive to inspire through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and we believe that great STEM learning involves inquisition and hands-on exhibits and programming.

McWane Science Center has a number of permanent exhibits that are a regular part of the science education experience. These include Itty Bitty Magic City, Explore! Collections Center, Alabama Dinosaurs and Sea Monsters, NatureScope, Fox 6 Weather Lab, Science on a Sphere, High Cycle, World of Water Aquarium, Shark and Ray Touch Tank, and the John W. Woods IMAX Dome Theater.

Visit mcwane.org to learn more.

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