McWane Science Center has been selected as the Alabama Tourism Attraction of the Year for 2020. The award, presented by the Alabama Tourism Department, recognizes McWane’s excellence in providing visitors with an immersive and entertaining learning experience that attracts visitors from near and far. In presenting the award in Montgomery, Alabama Tourism Department Director Lee Sentell said, “McWane brings science alive for youngsters in ways that are not only educational, but absolutely magical. The place appears to be different every time a youngster visits. It is one resource in Alabama that has no equal.”
It speaks to our team’s resilience, commitment and innovation in carrying out our mission in spite of the challenges, and our dedication to serving our community no matter the circumstances
In addition to providing museum visitors with interactive exhibits that spark wonder and curiosity about the world through hands-on-science, McWane Science Center also serves as a research hub. The center houses one of the Southeast’s largest natural history collections, home to nearly half a million specimens and artifacts.
“We are grateful to receive this honor from the Alabama Tourism Department, especially in the midst of this pandemic. It speaks to our team’s resilience, commitment and innovation in carrying out our mission in spite of the challenges, and our dedication to serving our community no matter the circumstances,” said McWane Science Center CEO Amy Templeton. Templeton praised the McWane Science Center staff for their creativity, passion and dedication. “We don’t separate science from fun. We are thrilled that our interactive exhibits, IMAX Dome Theater and extensive natural history collection officially put us on the map as a top attraction,” said Templeton.
About McWane Science Center
McWane Science Center is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) science center, children’s museum, natural history museum, aquarium and IMAX with Laser Dome Theater. Designed to “spark wonder and curiosity about our world through hands-on science, McWane Science Center has welcomed millions of visitors since opening its doors in 1998. The McWane Collection houses the largest collection of fossils in Alabama. Visit mcwane.org for more information.