From the U.S. Space & Rocket Center
in Huntsville to the McWane Science Center
in Birmingham, Alabama
is a destination for explorers who want to savor the wonder of science and discovery.
As a state known for medicine, manufacturing and natural beauty, it makes sense that Alabama's
science museums and education centers would provide a wide range of information and interactive experiences.
role in the U.S. space program began in the 1950s, when a team of scientists designed and
tested the rockets that eventually put man on the moon. This led to the establishment of NASA's
first public location for visitors, the
U.S. Space & Rocket Center,
which opened in 1970.
For an up-close look at nature, visit one of Alabama's zoos, wildlife centers, aquariums,
estuariums, aviaries or petting zoos. For example, while visiting
the beach, take a trip to the
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
for a primer on the key habitats of coastal Alabama and the creatures who inhabit them,
or stop by the
Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo
for a close up view of over 500 animals.
And of course no trip to central Alabama is complete without a stop at the
our state's most popular attraction. More than 500,000 people visit the 120-acre zoo each year
to experience life on the African savannah, splash in the children's fountains and see hundreds
of species from around the world. Or see North American animals in realistic settings at the
Mann Wildlife Learning Museum
where three-sided viewing provides personal encounters.
From wildlife to outer space, Alabama's science and education scene offers a little something for
everyone – whether you're looking to learn a little or just have a lot of fun.
Visit the region's premiere astronomy education facility where images of the sun, moon, planets, stars and
other celestial objects are projected on the domed ceiling at the
W.A. Gayle Planetarium
at Troy University. Or the
Alabama Museum of the Health Sciences
at the University of Alabama at Birmingham which features a large collection of rare books on medical
For more than 150 years, the
Alabama Museum of Natural History
at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa has celebrated Alabama's rich and varied natural history.
And don't miss the
Donald E. Davis Arboretum
at Auburn University featuring a core collection of oaks, carnivorous plants, and native azaleas.