Science & Discovery

Explore the wonders of space and beyond in Sweet Home Alabama’s many discovery centers and museums. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to learn about science and technology while experiencing endless excitement. You can experience the incredible thrill of space travel, take rides in simulated spacecraft, and learn about the history of space exploration — all in Sweet Home Alabama. Imagine yourself as a world-famous scientist as you wind through engaging museums, delve into hands-on experimentation, and enjoy interactive exhibits throughout the state. Planning an out-of-this-world experience is easier than you think when you make Sweet Home Alabama your ultimate destination!

Featured Locations & Events

Whether it's watching the animals at Birmingham Zoo or exploring space at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Alabama has some of the greatest science and discovery experiences waiting for you.

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Inspiring Science & Discovery

Explore these attractions and more when you visit our science and discovery destinations.

Child at the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center

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Kids touching horseshoe crab at Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab

Estuarium at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab

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Outside view of the McWane Science Center

McWane Science Center

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Outside view of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center

U.S. Space & Rocket Center

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Leopard perched on a rock at the Birmingham Zoo

Birmingham Zoo

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Arial view of the Southern Environmental Center

Southern Environmental Center

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Find an Alabama Science and Discovery Experience

Explore science and discovery locations and attractions you should visit the next time you're here.
427 6th Ave., Smith Hall, UA Campus
Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
Turn-of-century Grand Exhibition Hall. Fossils, rocks, minerals from Dinosaur, Ice and Coal Ages. See only meteorite known to have struck a human.
Botanical Gardens
3530 Lorna Road
Hoover, AL 35216
30-acre public garden nestled in the heart of Hoover Alabama, featuring walking trails through beautiful plantings and a five acre lake. A premier venue for events such as weddings, receptions and corporate meetings.
Historic Site
3727 Highway 119
Montevallo, AL 35115
The American Village is a unique attraction in the heart of Alabama, situated on 188 acres of rolling pasture and wooded land in Montevallo, about a half hour south of Birmingham. Its architecture is strikingly evocative of iconic early American design.
800 Museum Drive
Anniston, AL 36206
At the Anniston Museum of Natural History, come face-to-face with prehistoric predators, go spelunking in a replica Alabama cave, stroll the African savanna, and visit Ptolemaic-era mummies.
6052 USA South Drive
Mobile, AL 36608