Elevators and ramps serve all public areas including the IMAX Dome Theater.
The IMAX Dome Theater offers descriptive audio service for all films and at all showtimes.
A limited number of wheelchairs and strollers are available at no charge at the ticketing counter.
KultureCity Sensory Inclusive Initiative
McWane Science Center has partnered with KultureCity to become a Sensory Inclusive organization to better serve our visitors with sensory processing needs. With this partnership, McWane Science Center will foster an inclusive environment for visitors with sensory processing needs by providing tools for a better experience in our center.
KultureCity is a transformative movement to ensure a better future for children with autism. The nonprofit organization believes all children should be accepted and treated equally, and the future of these children should not be limited by their medical diagnoses. McWane Science Center shares this belief and has partnered with KultureCity to be a Sensory Inclusive organization. Through training with KultureCity, our staff has been equipped with tools to help visitors with sensory processing disorders enjoy McWane Science Center.
For more information on KultureCity please visit www.kulturecity.org.
Sensory bags and headphones will be available for check-out at the Ticketing Counter. Sensory bags include weighted lap-pads, fidget toys and headphones. Sensory bags will also be available in the Cool Stuff Store when there’s a long line at the Ticketing Counter. Headphones will also be available in the Lunchrooms on the Lower Level for field trips and other groups.
McWane has designated “quiet areas” throughout the Adventure Halls where there is less noise and activity. These areas are ideal for visitors who are overstimulated and need a quiet place to sit. These areas are identified with signage and in the following locations:
Lower Level: Aquascape Theater
Level 2: City Gallery
Level 3: Art and Tech
The Sensory Room, located on Level One under the interior staircase, is designed to provide a safe, calming, sensory-supportive environment to facilitate self-regulation and relaxation for visitors who are feeling overwhelmed or overstimulated at the museum. Visitors will ask the security guard for access to the room.
Look for this logo to show you Sensory Friendly areas within McWane Science Center.
Read our Social Story (PDF).
McWane Science Center’s parking deck offers safe and convenient parking on 2nd Avenue North. The height limit for the deck is 6’8”. Our parking deck is open to the public from 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM.
Cost: From 6:30 AM- 6:30 PM, the cost to exit the parking deck is $5. The exit gate accepts $1, $5, $10, $20 bills as well as debit and credit cards. You can also purchase a token at the ticketing counter inside the center. Members receive free parking in the deck until 6:30 PM. For after hours parking from 6:30 PM-10:00 PM, the cost to exit is $8.
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 $0.25/15 minutes. Street parking is free on Saturday, Sunday and on Holidays.
Buses should unload on 2nd Avenue North if space is available; if not then unload 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.
On the rare occasion that our parking deck is full, learn more about alternate parking.