McWane Science Center Reopens

July 8, 2020

(Birmingham, Alabama)          McWane Science Center reopened to happy visitors today with new health and safety guidelines in place. The opening marks Phase 2 of a reopening schedule that launched in June with Camp McWane. The museum had been closed since March when local businesses were ordered to close because of COVID-19.  All visitors age 8 and older are now required to wear masks and children between the ages of 3 and 7 are encouraged to wear masks. Social distancing guidelines are being applied, and there are new cleaning protocols to help ensure the safety and well-being of visitors.

“We are thrilled to welcome everyone back to McWane. We have missed the voices and excitement that make every day an adventure in our exhibition halls,” said McWane Science Center President and CEO Amy Templeton, who adds that the health and safety of visitors is always the top priority. “The new safety guidelines are being well-received, and our team has worked hard to make it easy for visitors to follow the rules.” In implementing the health and safety measures, McWane is following the rules and recommendations from the CDC and local governments.

In addition to the social distancing and mask policies, McWane has implemented new cleaning and sanitation protocols. Hand-cleaning stations are installed throughout the facility and disinfectant wipes are available at all interactive exhibits. High touch surfaces are disinfected frequently throughout the day and the entire facility is deep-cleaned nightly.

Elvis Presley Guitar on Display!

The special exhibit Guitar:  The Instrument that Rocked the World is being held over through Labor Day. This exhibition from The National Guitar Museum features hands-on interactives for all ages, video performances, x-ray images of guitars’ inner workings and plenty of opportunities to strum and jam. Visitors experience the science of sound and the cultural impact of the guitar by exploring more than 70 instruments and 100 historical artifacts-ranging from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative.

The IMAX theatre is open, with seating reconfigured for social distancing. Itty-Bitty Magic City, the area designed especially for preschoolers will reopen August 5. McWane Science Center is open Wednesday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. until 5pm and Sunday noon until 5.

About McWane Science Center:

The fun never ends at McWane Science Center, a nonprofit, hands-on discovery museum and IMAX® Dome Theater. Four floors of interactive exhibits celebrate science and wonder — from an amazing collection of dinosaurs, to innovative environmental showcases, imaginative early childhood playgrounds, and an awe-inspiring aquarium.

The energy and excitement of discovery spring to life through an extensive lineup of science demonstrations performed daily by award-winning educators. The adventure intensifies in the IMAX® Dome Theater where wide-eyed visitors experience the sights and sounds of breath-taking films on a 5-story-tall screen surrounded by three tons of high-intensity speakers.

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Melanie McCraney (205)910-1323