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Hours and Admission Directions Parking

Hours and Admission

McWane Science Center is open seven days a week, 360 days a year, and now offers new extended hours. See below for information about admission prices to both the museum and the IMAX® Dome Theater.

Hours and admission are subject to change without notice and are subject to a 10% sales tax.

General Admission Prices
Adults
(13-64)
Kids
(2-12)
Seniors
(65+)
Adventure Hall Only $13 $9 $12
IMAX Only $9 $8 $8
Combo Ticket $18 $13 $16

*Under 2 years old: Free

Current McWane Science Center Hours
  • Weekday Hours . . . . . . . . 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Saturday Hours . . . . . . . . 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Sunday Hours . . . . . . . . . 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Special Hours and Closings
  • Closed New Year’ s Day
  • Closed Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
  • Closed Easter Sunday
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day

Directions

McWane Science Center is located in the heart of downtown Birmingham. McWane Science Center is easily accessible from Interstate 65, Interstate 59/20, Highway 31, and Highway 280.

  • From Montgomery/ Hoover: Take I-65 North to exit 260-B. Follow 3rd Avenue North to 19th Street North. Turn right. McWane Science Center is located on the corner of 2nd Avenue North and 19th Street North.
  • From Huntsville/ Gardendale: Take I-65 South to exit 260. Turn left at 4th traffic signal. Follow 3rd Avenue North to 19th Street North. Turn right, McWane Science Center is located at the corner of 2nd Avenue North and 19th Street North.
  • From Chattanooga/Gadsden: Take I-59/20 South/West to exit 125-B. Turn left. Follow 22nd Street North to 2nd Avenue North. Turn right, McWane Science Center is located at the corner of 2nd Avenue North and 19th Street North.
  • From Tuscaloosa/Bessemer: Take I-59/20 North/East. Exit on 17th Street North to 3rd Avenue North. Turn left onto 3rd Avenue North. Turn right onto 19th Street North. McWane Science Center will be on your right at the corner of 19th Street North and 2nd Avenue North.
  • From Auburn/Inverness: Take Hwy 31/280 to the 2nd Ave. North exit. Follow 2nd Ave. North. McWane Science Center is located at the corner of 2nd Avenue North and 19th Street North

Parking

Parking Deck:  McWane Science Center’s parking deck offers safe and convenient parking on 2nd Avenue North. The height limit for the deck is 6’8”.

Cost:  $5.00 required to exit deck. Machine accepts $5.00 and $1.00 bills as well as quarters or you can purchase a token at the ticketing counter inside the center. Members receive free parking in the deck.

Street Parking: 
Additional parking is available on the streets surrounding the center. On Monday – Friday there is a 2-hour limit on the street parking. The meter charges $0.25/hour. Street parking is free on Saturday, Sunday and on Holidays.

Bus Parking:  
Buses should unload on 2nd Avenue North if space is available, if not then park on 19th Street North. Once buses are unloaded, McWane Science Center will escort bus drivers to a remote parking lot and provide shuttle service for drivers to and from the center.