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Cook's Natural Science Museum

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Address: 412 13th Street SE, Decatur, AL 35601
Phone Number: 256-350-9339
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Sun 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Over 2,000 species of insects, birds and animals are displayed at this...

Over 2,000 species of insects, birds and animals are displayed at this museum.

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Not just termites

We have been to the Cook's Museum several times when we have our grand kids. It is a great place for kids and grownups alike. There is no charge and they have lots of animal and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
zjrc31
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Decatur, Alabama
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Decatur, Alabama
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27 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to the Cook's Museum several times when we have our grand kids. It is a great place for kids and grownups alike. There is no charge and they have lots of animal and rock displays along with insects. A great asset to Decatur.

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Thank zjrc31
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

This place has every bug and animal known to this area, if you have boys, this is definitely the place to go. Very educational and the kids actually have fun learning! Some of the animals/reptiles are also is interactive! The bonus is it is free for the entire family!

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Thank AjPhotog
Decatur, Alabama
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15 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

My son loves coming here. It has always been one of his favorite field trips! So many exhibits to see. And they are now building a larger facility- can't wait to see it!

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Thank Bette S
Haleyville, Alabama
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

Great place to take kids, interactive, educational and fun. Very clean, professional looking, original and unique items in their displays.

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Thank keithandtawnya
Springdale, Arkansas
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60 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

Cook's Natural Science Museum maybe on the small size, but makes up for it with tons of exhibits and even live animals.

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Thank BradWiegmann
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
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13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I took our 7 and 5 year old to the museum. It's a very small museum but they had a fantastic time. Really enjoyed getting to see the the examples of different animals and insects up close. They just broke grown on a new building and we are excited for it to be built in the next... More 

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Thank Chris G
Southside, Alabama
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49 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Nice little museum for people of all ages. Free to get in, lots of interesting animals to see. Nice restrooms & gift shop. Very friendly staff.

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Thank Candice B
Alabama
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32 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 via mobile

Such a neat little museum, and free to boot. My 6 and 8 year olds loved it, as did I. Info on insects, spiders, shells, minerals, animals and more. The small building packs a lot of exhibits. It only took 45-60 minutes to explore but we walked out happy with our experience. Worth checking out if you are in the... More 

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Thank TakeMeToTheCaribbean
Decatur, Alabama
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32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

How can you say anything bad about a free museum? It has plenty of interesting items although it is on the small side. We take friends and family here.

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Thank Clark35601
Jacksonville, Florida
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100 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I visited this small private (free) museum with elementary and preschool grandchildren. We all had a good time. It's certainly worth the trip if you are in Decatur, but not a destination in itself. Allow an hour. I am a biologist and I was bothered by a bit of Creationist nonsense here and there, but it's a very small part... More 

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