2018

  • McWane celebrates 20 years of sparking wonder and curiousity through hands-on science.

2017

  • McWane joins other community organizations to celebrate science during the Birmingham March for Science on April 22, 2017
  • March for Science

2016

  • McWane hosts Body Worlds Rx
  • McWane serves its six millionth visitor
  • McWane reaches over 10,000 members
  • Body World
  • McWane Science Center Serves 6 Million Visitors

2015

  • Itty Bitty Magic City Birmingham Children's Museum opens
  • The Itty Bitty Magic City Opens

2012

  • Kiwanis commits to Birmingham Children’s Museum support
  • Kiwanis Logo

2011

  • The City of Birmingham commits support for Birmingham Children's Museum
  • City of Birmingham Seal

2010

  • “NatureScope” opens
  • NatureScope

2009

  • Mike and Gillian Goodrich Foundation commit support to Birmingham Children’s Museum
  • Shark & Ray Touch Tank Logo
  • Children touching sharks and rays

2008

  • “Alabama Dinosaurs” opens
  • The Joseph S. Bruno Science Plaza opens with “Linear Motion” kinetic sculpture
  • McWane Center becomes MCWANE SCIENCE CENTER - new major McWSC signage installed
  • “Ten-Credible” Birthday Celebration includes “Itty Bitty Magic City” and “BodyWorks” exhibits
  • George E. Wilbanks gift supports the “Shark and Ray Touch Tank”
  • Dinosaur Bones
  • Itty Bitty Magic City

2007

  • “Sea Monsters” opens
  • McWane reaches 5000 members
  • A new species of duck-billed dinosaur is discovered along the banks of Montgomery County and is moved to McWane
  • Sea Monsters Exhibit

2006

  • “ScienceWorks” opens
  • The Daniel Foundation gift supports addition of Level 3 classrooms

    2005

    • Bill Ratliff gift supports opening of “ScienceWorks”
    • science works

    2003

    • Level 3 expansion and the Drayton Nabers, Jr. Special Event Center completed
    • Nabors Special Events

    2001

    • Inaugural Beaker Bash black tie fundraising event
    • 1st Annual Beaker Bash

    1999

    • McWane’s Ocean Journey exhibit opens

      1998

      • JULY 11TH McWANE CENTER GRAND OPENING 10,000+ IN ATTENDANCE
      • “Everest” is the IMAX® film shown in the John W. Woods Theater
      • McWane’s Collections Department opens with the rest of the museum, combining resources from the Red Mountain Museum and Discovery Place
      • McWane Center Grand Opening

      1997

      • Discovery 2000, Inc. is renamed McWane Center in honor of generous support from the McWane family

        1993

        • John Mackay hired as President and CEO
        • John Makey

        1992

        • Birmingham Science Center becomes Discovery 2000, Inc.
        • Discovery 2000 Staff

        1991

        • Red Mountain Museum and Discovery Place merge to form Birmingham Science Museum
        • The City leases the former Loveman’s building to Birmingham Science Museum
        • Red Mountain Museum Logo
        • Red Mountain Museum
        • Lovemans

        1985

        • Mayor Arrington begins work with the City of Birmingham, Red Mountain Museum and Discovery Place to build the dream of a Science Center
        • Mayor Arrington