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McWane Science Center – Birmingham, AL

With four floors of hands-on exhibits, there is always something fun to do, no matter what age.  For the 5 and under crowd, McWane's offers Just Mice Size and Itty Bitty Magic City.  For older kids, the skies the limit.  Both traveling and permanent exhibits delight kids of all ages.  There is also an IMAX Theater, a food court and an incredible retail store called f. Really Cool Stuff.

Hours: School Year - Monday through Friday: 9AM - 5PM

Summer Hours - Monday through Friday: 9AM - 6PM

Saturday year-round - 10 AM - 6PM

Sunday year-round - Noon - 6PM

Parking in structure is $5

Check website for pricing information
Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark – Birmingham, AL

Sloss Furnaces is truly a one-of-a-kind experience.  For over 90 years, Sloss Furnaces was essential to making iron.  It was here that men turned limestone, coal and iron ore into pig iron; utilizing a pair of large blast furnaces.  Instead of tearing down this essential piece of Birmingham history, "Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark is currently the  only twentieth-century blast furnace in the nation being preserved and interpreted as an industrial museum."

Visitors can take a self-guided tour through this amazing industrial site.  Time has stood still here and the photography opportunities abound.

I wouldn't recommend this tour for very young children (inherent dangers abound) and the site is not stroller-friendly.  Ask for the fun Scavenger Hunt sheet available at the Visitor Center.  Leashed pets are welcome.  Tours are free!


Closed Monday

Tuesday-Saturday 10AM - 4PM

Sunday Noon - 4PM

* Sloss Furnaces does close periodically for special events.  Check Website for these dates.


20 32nd Street North, Birmingham, AL

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