McWane Science Center is happy to welcome you to our newest addition, the Birmingham Children's Museum Itty Bitty Magic City. This new section of McWane Science Center caters to our youngest visitors, Kindergarten and younger, and encourages young children's love of learning through the four major types of play:
Physical Play - Exploratory Play - Constructive Play - Imaginative Play
In the entire United States, Alabama is the best place east of the Mississippi River to find the remains of dinosaurs. The Alabama Dinosaurs exhibit displays actual dinosaur fossils discovered around the state. Alabama Dinosaurs features rare finds from the Alabama tyrannosaur to the dangerous dromaeosaurs or "raptors."
NOAA's Science On a Sphere® (SOS) is a display system that uses computers and video projectors to project planetary data onto a 6-foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe.
Scientific Discipline: Earth Science, Space Science, Environmental Science
The High Cycle is a high-wire bicycle that rests on a guide wire suspended across an open expanse of McWane Science Center's grand lobby. The High Cycle is an interactive exhibit that allows you to experience the law of the center of gravity in dramatic fashion. This exhibit teaches you that when a force causes the system to tip, it will be offset by the force of gravity acting on an attached counterweight underneath the bicycle.
Scientific Discipline: Physical Science
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"A comfortable environment (indoor- no rain, heat/cold to contend with) that my kids really enjoy and I can approve of as a educational and enriching experience."
"McWane is a closer look at hands-on Science and the type of exposure to Science that may not be available in school."
"We enjoyed our visit very much. As our first visit to McWane we took a risk buying a large family membership. My entire family, myself included, had a blast. We plan to visit many more times over the next year. I love having a local place to take the kids, enjoy ourselves and learn about so many cool, important topics."