A special event was hosted Nov. 7 to commemorate the anniversary of founding of the McWane Science Center in Birmingham.
More than 80 current and former patrons of the science center attended a reception in the special events hall to celebrate the center’s founding 15 years ago.
At the Founders’ Reception, guests got a preview of the new holiday exhibit, the Magic of Model Trains. They also watched a slideshow featuring photos telling the story of the McWane Science Center, which was founded in 1998.
McWane Science Center is a nonprofit, hands-on discovery museum and IMAX Dome Theater. Designed to inspire a lifelong love of learning, McWane has welcomed millions of visitors since opening its doors in 1998.
With four floors of interactive exhibits, McWane has an extensive lineup of science demonstrations performed daily by award-winning educators. Explorers of all ages come year-round to see, hear, touch and experience the wonder of science in the unique venue.
“We are proud of the history of McWane Science Center as well as the future we see ahead here in downtown Birmingham. We are fortunate to have so many people who believed in the Center then and believe in the Center now,” said Amy Templeton, chief executive officer of the McWane Science Center.
Guests attending the reception included former Birmingham mayor Richard Arrington, current McWane Science Center board member Phillip McWane and former board president and founding member Margaret Porter.
Others attending the reception included Lou Kirchen, Nina Botsford, Miller Gorrie, Scott Adams, Forest Whatley, Brynne Bivens MacCann, Joe Sherman and Maryanne Sherman.