McWane Science Center

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Explore the world of scientific discovery with 4 floors of hands-on exhibits plus an amazing “Body Worlds” exhibit of preserved human bodies

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Promotional value expires May 1, 2016. Amount paid never expires. Not valid until April 1. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Valid towards general admission and admission to exhibit. Body Worlds exhibit ends on 5/1. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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  • $22 for Adventure Hall admission for two with entry to Body Worlds Rx exhibit ($36 value)
  • $44 for Adventure Hall admission for four with entry to Body Worlds Rx exhibit ($72 value)

The Body Worlds Rx special exhibit features a collection of preserved human bodies made with the Plastination process pioneered by anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens. These articulated figures show the complexity of the human body while performing such movements as standing, swimming, and pole-vaulting. Along with preserved organs and body slices, they focus on the most prevalent contemporary diseases afflicting children and adults alike—perhaps inspiring them to further embrace preventive medicine. The exhibit runs until May 1.

The McWane Science Center’s Adventure Hall has four floors of fun, educational exhibits including a dig pit, a weather lab, an optical illusions gallery, an air cannon, and a giant piano. See the museum hours to plan your visit. Children younger than 2 get in free.

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McWane Science Center

Tiny hands sift through sand to find ancient fossils, with no archaeologists in sight. But these aren’t scenes from a zany summer movie about all the adults disappearing: they're snapshots of the McWane Science Center, whose dozens of fun, interactive exhibits enliven science.

Notable exhibits include a collection of Alabama dinosaur skeletons that help us understand what life was like in the state millions of years ago. An aquarium area boasts a Shark & Ray Touch Tank, delighting visitors with an aquatic petting zoo. Interactive contraptions such as the pulley chair lift—which lets kids learn about simple machines as they hoist themselves aloft—convey abstract concepts with fun activities.

Customer Reviews

We always enjoy our trips to the McWance Science Center. There is always something new to discover along with the classic favorite to play with as well. The Body Exhibit was very intersting and educational.
Carmen L. · July 7, 2016
Great day for the whole family!
Denise W. · May 3, 2016
Our whole family had a great time. There was plenty to do for my 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son. Of course, Itty Bitty Magic City was the favorite spot. I was so happy to see that addition because there used to not be much for the little ones. We'll definitely go back!
Jessica G. · May 3, 2016

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