McWane Science Center

McWane Science Center


The biggest complaint would be so many of the exhibits still don't work after several years of us having annual memberships. In comparison to TN Children's Museum (Chattanooga) and GA's in Atlanta, McWane could do so much better. Everything is the same old thing and non-working exhibits are a real drag to the kids and parents. And these exhibits have NOTHING to do with COVID. They've been broken for years! I think every kid from our party wanted to be in Itty Bitty Magic City. They seriously were not very interested in too many other areas because so many areas had non-working items. If the staff worked as hard on maintaining working exhibits or bring in some fresh new ones as they do on sanitizing during the coronavirus (Which they really did a good job) the McWane Center would really be a great place to go a couple of times a month like it once was. #repairexhibits #bringinsomefreshideas #itneedslifeagain
Will memberships be extended by the number of weeks the museum is required to be closed? I havenโ€™t seen anything regarding this.
How much is it to get it
Gas mask
Would this hold a10 year old attention?
Will yโ€™all have any kind of Black Friday sale on your membership costs?
When do Star Wars episode 9 tickets go on sale ๐Ÿ‘€
We love this center but we had a terrible experience at customer service today! :( We have a membership at facility that is approved for reciprocal use and we live more than 90 miles away from McWane, but upon arrival we were told that our โ€œcountyโ€ was within the 90 mile radius and they would not accept our pass... even though we have used this same pass here many times in the past. The manager we spoke with was rude, unclear in her conversation with us (at one point saying that the center we did have a membership with shouldnโ€™t have sold it to us), and unwilling to discuss in a professional manner. She also refused to allow us to speak to someone else to try and understand better. We drove almost two hours with 5 kids and we were treated very poorly by this colleague. At the end of the conversation she said we could become members there, and somehow that didnโ€™t inversely effect the radius issue. We love McWane but after this experience would be only LESS likely to consider membership with you. โ˜น๏ธ Such an unfortunate experience and could have been handled so much better.
Are there going to be homeschool days this year?
One great pic! Thought y'all might want!
So... What are the chances of getting Avengers Endgame at the Imax?
This looks amazing!!

Sparking wonder and curiosity about our world through hands-on science experiences.

Operating as usual


Have you ever wondered about what your life might look like in another universe?

Dr. Stephen Strange learns a lot about himself throughout the multiverse in Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness playing in our IMAX dome theater now๐Ÿ‘€๐ŸŒ ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ซ


What better way to have fun with STEM than kitchen science! Check it out and let us know if you give it a try!๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ˜ฎ


Providing hands-on opportunities for young learners to explore science, mission accomplished! In honor of May being National Pet Month, celebrate all the ways in which pets benefit our lives and come visit the Pet Vet in Itty Bitty Magic City.๐Ÿค—โœจ


Mothers get in free on Mother's Day with the purchase of one child ticket at regular price.

Happy Mother's Day from McWane Science Center. We know how hard you moms work to inspire kids with science, learning, and fun, and today we honor your commitment to sparking wonder and curiosity in our next generation of scientists, innovators, creative thinkers, change-makers, and community leaders.๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒน


The end of an era is near...

Jurassic World Dominion tickets are on sale now๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿฆ–

Photos from McWane Science Center's post 05/06/2022

Everyone meet Mallory! Mallory is one of our wonderful science presenters, posing with one of our crowd favorites, Rocky! Thank you for all that you do to create a wonderful experience for our guests! ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŒท


May is Bike Month and McWane and Redemptive Cycles are partnering to celebrate the most efficient form of travel on the planet! No other living creature expends so little energy related to the distance traveled than they do on a bicycle. Join us Saturday, May 7th to learn what makes a bicycle go and how riding a bike can positively affect climate change and your health.๐Ÿšด๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ @redemptivecycles


The time has come, to take on the multiverse...

Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness premieres in IMAX tonight! Join us for an adventure you will never forget!๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿช๐Ÿ’ฅ


What do you and the new Sci Sparks have in common? You're both a(LIVE) and looking good!๐Ÿ˜Ž

Brand Sci Sparks is officially up on our YouTube channel! You already know the drill, like, comment, subscribe and turn on those post notifications! ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐ŸŽˆ


Get ready to take on the Multiverse...Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Madness comes to IMAX tomorrow๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ’ซ๐Ÿช


Chris is turning up the heat just in time for the summer in this weeks Sci Sparks dropping tomorrow! Don't forget to like, comment, subscribe and turn those post notifications on so you never have to miss out! ๐Ÿ”ฅ


This Wednesday May 4th through Sunday May 8th McWane celebrates Astronomy Week! Last year saw the landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars and the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope. 2022 brings Artemis 1, and May is the month for the designated first launch! Join us during National Astronomy Week for a week of space science programs celebrating how far weโ€™ve come and the exciting new adventures ahead. Also, stay tuned for Artemis updates all month long! ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿš€


"Talk to me Goose..." word in the sky is Top Gun Maverick tickets are on sale now๐Ÿ‘€โœˆ

Happy Flying Aviators!


Let's turn and burn! Top Gun Maverick tickets go on sale tomorrow May 3rd! If you've got the need for speed you won't want to miss this! ๐Ÿ›ฉโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Ž


Happy Arbor Day!๐ŸŒฒ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒท

In honor of the last few days of April we celebrate Arbor Day and our final Citizen Science project! Arbor Day is a national holiday created to recognize the importance of trees. Here at McWane we decided to celebrate by taking a trip to Oak Mountain to practice tree and leaf identification with the help of the TreeSnap app! The TreeSnap app is a means for participants to record the location and health of particular tree species of interest. Scientists use the collected information to locate candidates for genetic sequencing and breeding programs.

Check our our stories to see how we used TreeSnap at Oak Mountain๐ŸŒค๐ŸŒฟ


As one door closes, another one opens... Doctor Strange: In the Multiverse of Magic comes to IMAX in T-1 Week, are you ready?๐Ÿงโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘€

Photos from McWane Science Center's post 04/27/2022

โ€œSoon we must all face the choice between what is right and what is easy.โ€ - Albus Dumbledore"

It is not easy for us to say this but, our last showing of Fantastic Beasts:Secrets of Dumbledore will be tomorrow April, 28th at 4:30PM๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ

We hope you lived out your most wizardly fanatsies in our IMAX dome theater!


Our adorable fossil find from earlier this week is what is called a Belemnite which are very similar to our modern day squids!๐Ÿฆ‘


We know oil and water don't mix but what about soap and surface tension? ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ’ง

Check out our latest Kitchen Science video to see how they interact! Oh, and bless you in advance, just in case๐Ÿ˜‰


When you look up at the sky what do you see? Depending on the day and where you live, those things may vary! In honor of Citizen Science Month we encourage you to go outside, look up and tell us what you see. Different shapes and colors, how fast or slow the clouds are moving or if there are any clouds! Be sure to document it and let us know what you discover! For more information check out the link below! ๐ŸŒค๐ŸŒˆ


Happy Monday! It's time to Dig Deep! This month our fossil is a close realative to a certain squishy sea creature that we can find in our oceans today! Do you think you know what it is? Take your guesses and check back in on wednesday to see if you were right! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฆ‘๐Ÿ ๐ŸŸ


Come visit our IMAX dome theater and enjoy Fantastic Beasts: Secrets of Dumbledore in a whole new way! Tickets available at the link below! ๐Ÿง™โ€โ™‚๏ธ๐ŸŒฑ


Join us for a night to remember with our members! Family fun for all of our members with members only night is back tonight from 5-6:30! Will you be there? โญ


Mastodons, Mammoths, Sabertoothed Catsโ€”No this is not a new IMAX movie, this is an exhibit being built right here at McWane Science Center! Come visit McWane April 30th for the grand opening!๐Ÿฆฅ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ†โ„๏ธ


Happy Earth Day from the McWaniacs!

Remember it is our job to take care of the Earth and no effort is too small! Join us in celebrating such a wonderful planet and let us know how you're spending your earth day๐ŸŒŽ๐Ÿ’›


Without our volunteers, the McWane experience would not be complete. We cannot thank our volunteers enough for all that they do! Their investment in McWane is how we as a non-profit can keep moving forward. Go out of your way to thank a volunteer the next time you see them and visit soon to see our volunteer team in action!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ’™

Photos from McWane Science Center's post 04/21/2022

And the spotlight for Volunteer Appreciation Week day 4 goes to... Ali! Another one of our fantastic teen volunteers!! Thank you for a wonderful year of learning and fun here at McWane! โญ๏ธ๐Ÿงช


Talk about a crazy hair day...๐Ÿ˜…๐ŸŽˆ

Our latest Sci Sparks is live now! Check it out at the link below and let us know your best remedy for static charged frizz๐Ÿคฆ

Photos from McWane Science Center's post 04/20/2022

Give it up for Day 3! We are halfway through Volunteer Appreciation Week and today we have the wonderful Helen! We are so thankful for the time you spend with us here at McWane. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘


It's electric! Boogie Woogie Woogie! ๐Ÿ’ƒโšก๐ŸŽผ

All new Sci Sparks tomorrow at 2PM! You know what to do, subscribe and turn on those post notifications so you don't miss it!

Photos from McWane Science Center's post 04/19/2022

Happy Day 2 of Volunteer Appreciation Week! Our first honoree of the week is Homero, another one of our amazing teen volunteers! Thank you so much for all that you do to make McWane the wonderful place that it is. ๐Ÿ˜ŽโœŒ๏ธ


Are you up for challenge? What about your willingness to do some research for the greater good? If you're anything like us and you ready to spice up your week, visit and get started! Check out some more information below and join McWane Science Center in another citizen science adventure.๐Ÿ’ป๐Ÿ”‹๐Ÿ”ฎ

ScienceAtHome wants to know how the brain works, and one of the best ways to study thinking, remembering, and learning is through video games. So gamers and want-to-be gamers, join McWane Science Center on this Citizen Science adventure and help the science community better understand the normal development of various cognitive skills.

So what is your gaming superpower? Have you ever thought about what makes you special as a gamer? Is your mind super-sharp? Do you have quick and creative problem-solving skills? Are you good at remembering? Skill Lab: Science Detectives wants to know. Skill Lab: Science Detective is a collection of minigames with a detective story theme that challenges your mind in different ways. The game enables you to test your gaming brain skills against yourself and other people. In this process, ScienceAtHome can generate a cognitive player profile of your gaming skills at different levels.

What will they do with this information you ask? Great question! They will make better more engaging educational games. But, they could also use this information to identify and understand common cognitive challenges and learn how to mediate in the early stages to prevent long-term impact.

Sparking wonder and curiosity about our world through hands-on science

20 Year of McWane Science Center McWane Science Centerโ€™s mission is to โ€œspark wonder and curiosity about our world through hands-on science.โ€ To accomplish this mission, McWane Science Center combines unique assets to create hands-on, science-learning experiences parents and teachers value and kids love. McWane Science Center has welcomed millions of visitors since opening its doors. Explorers โ€” from ages 1 to 100 โ€” flock year-round to see, to hear, to touch and to experience the wonder of science in one of the Southโ€™s most unique venues. McWane Science Center has a number of permanent exhibits that are a regular part of the science education experience. These include Itty Bitty Magic City, Explore! Collections Center, Alabama Dinosaurs and Sea Monsters, NatureScope, Fox 6 Weather Lab, Science on a Sphere, High Cycle, World of Water Aquarium, Shark and Ray Touch Tank, and the John W. Woods IMAX Dome Theater. McWane Science Center does not just focus on science, we strive to inspire children through science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and we believe great STEM learning involves inquisition. Students are not learning through lecture at McWane Science Center; they are learning by doing, asking questions, creating their own hypothesis, testing and re-thinking their own ideas and beliefs. McWane Science Center is affiliated with the Association of Science-Technology Centers.

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