McWane Science Center is happy to welcome you to our newest addition, the Birmingham Children's Museum Itty Bitty Magic City. This new section of McWane Science Center caters to our youngest visitors, Kindergarten and younger, and encourages young children's love of learning through the four major types of play:
Physical Play - Exploratory Play - Constructive Play - Imaginative Play
In the entire United States, Alabama is the best place east of the Mississippi River to find the remains of dinosaurs. The Alabama Dinosaurs exhibit displays actual dinosaur fossils discovered around the state. Alabama Dinosaurs features rare finds from the Alabama tyrannosaur to the dangerous dromaeosaurs or "raptors."
NOAA's Science On a Sphere® (SOS) is a display system that uses computers and video projectors to project planetary data onto a 6-foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe.
Scientific Discipline: Earth Science, Space Science, Environmental Science
The High Cycle is a high-wire bicycle that rests on a guide wire suspended across an open expanse of McWane Science Center's grand lobby. The High Cycle is an interactive exhibit that allows you to experience the law of the center of gravity in dramatic fashion. This exhibit teaches you that when a force causes the system to tip, it will be offset by the force of gravity acting on an attached counterweight underneath the bicycle.
Scientific Discipline: Physical Science
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"We live approximately an hour away but frequently travel to Birmingham for doctor visits. We have thoroughly enjoyed having the McWane Center membership because it always gives us something fun and educational to do on what would often be very boring days! Whether it's for an hour or several hours, I always know that it will be time well spent!"
"We love that there is a science museum here in Birmingham. We visit all the time and we love coming, even though we know what some of the exhibits are. Thank you for being there!"
"It's a great day trip for us and an invaluable resource to our homeschooling journey. My kids are entertained and educated."