20th Anniversary
McWane Celebrates two decades of sparking wonder and curiosity through hands-on science!
March for Science
March for Science

McWane joins other community organizations to celebrate science during the Birmingham March for Science

A Year for Milestones
McWane Science Center Serves 6 Million Visitors
In 2016, McWane Science Center served its six millionth visitor, and membership levels exceeded 10,000!
Body Worlds Rx
Body World

World-renowned exhibition comes to the McWane Science Center

Itty Bitty Magic City Opens
The Itty Bitty Magic City Opens

The Birmingham Children's Museum Itty Bitty Magic City opens to the public

Landmark Contribution from Kawinis
Kiwanis Logo

Kiwanis commits to support the Birmingham Children's Museum

Support from the Birmingham City Council
City of Birmingham Seal

The City of Birmingham commits support for the Birmingham Children's Museum


McWane partners with the Audubon Society to present this permanent exhibit featuring birds native to Alabama

Shark and Ray Touch Tank
Children touching sharks and rays

New permanent interactive exhibit opens in McWane's World of Water, featuring live bamboo sharks, epaulet sharks, cownose rays, and southern rays.

Goodrich Foundation
The Mike and Gillian Goodrich Foundation commits support to the Birmingham Children's Museum
Alabama Dinosaurs
Dinosaur Bones

New permanent exhibit opens featuring dinosaur species from Alabama and the Eastern United States

Linear Motion

The Joseph S. Bruno Science Plaza opens with the debut of the original kinetic sculpture "Linear Motion"

McWane Center Becomes McWane Science Center

To clarify and emphasize its mission, McWane takes a middle name: Science!

10th Anniversary

McWane celebrates its first full decade of hands-on science learning with a "10-credible" birthday celebration, featuring a slime-filled "Nick Live" show hosted by Nickelodeon, the original Itty Bitty Magic City, and a new BodyWorks exhibit.

Wilbanks Gives for Shark and Ray Touch Tank

Gift from George E. Wilbanks supports planned Shark and Ray Touch Tank

Sea Monsters Opens

New permanent exhibit opens on Level 2