McWane Science Center

200 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35203


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.

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