McWane Science Center is the cornerstone of Birmingham, Alabama's downtown revitalization. This state-of-the-art museum is housed in the historic and refurbished Loveman's department store building. In 1998, Discovery Place and Red Mountain Museum merged to create a stimulating interactive science museum now called McWane Science Center. McWane Science Center, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, gets its name from the McWane family and McWane Foundation, sources of funding that made the center a reality for Birmingham and the region. Designed to inspire a life-long love of learning, McWane Science Center has welcomed millions of visitors since opening its doors in 1998. Explorers — from ages 1 to 100 — flock year-round to see, to hear, to touch, and to experience the wonder of science in one of the South’s most unique venues. Mission: To change lives through science and wonder. Strategy: To combine our unique assets to create unique experiences that parents and teachers value and that kids love.