McWane Center

Member Rating 2 out of 5 by NiteOwlTX on July 9, 2006

The McWane Science Center is Birmingham's museum of natural history. Unfortunately, it just can't compare with its counterparts in other cities.

One interesting thing about the McWane Center is the fact that the museum hosts a lot of changing exhibits. When I went to see it, they were featuring "Moneyville," which showed what different civilizations used for money and how it was used in their societies.

In addition to the changing exhibits, there are plenty of permanent features that demonstrate various points scientifically. There is also an aquarium downstairs.

The problem with the center is that they are geared specifically for kids. If you have children and are looking for a nice place to take them, you might have a different opinion of this place then I do. For an adult, there isn't much here to do. Certainly, for the price of admission, you will not find enough here to occupy your time.

Separate from the museum, there is an IMAX theater here. Admission is separate, but is comparable to other IMAXs. As with the museum, the theater is built for children, and I found it extremely uncomfortable to sit in even for the one hour show.

I recommend a trip to the McWane Science Center for families with young children, who have spare time between other activities. This is not a destination site.

McWane Center
200 19th Street North
Birmingham, Alabama, 35203
(205) 714-8300

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