We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cook's Natural Science Museum

412 13th Street SE, Decatur, AL 35601-5916
+1 256-350-9339
Review Highlights
Excited kids.

My wife and I took our 7 and 5 year old to the museum. It's a very small museum but they had a... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2015
Chris G
Fort Bragg, North Carolina
via mobile
Can't beat free!

Nice little museum for people of all ages. Free to get in, lots of interesting animals to see... read more

Reviewed 31 July 2015
Candice B
Southside, Alabama
Read all 67 reviews
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Over 2,000 species of insects, birds and animals are displayed at this museum.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good29%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
412 13th Street SE, Decatur, AL 35601-5916
Write a ReviewReviews (67)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

21 - 30 of 66 reviews

Reviewed 13 August 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...More

1  Thank Chris G
Reviewed 31 July 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.

1  Thank Candice B
Reviewed 29 July 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...More

1  Thank Tricia F
Reviewed 1 July 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.

1  Thank Clark35601
Reviewed 1 July 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...More

1  Thank Bo S
Reviewed 24 June 2015

I have lived in this town for over 10 years and had not yet visited the museum, thinking it must not be that great since it was free. How wrong I was!! We had a visiting 7 year old and I took her and my...More

Thank WhistlersDaughter
Reviewed 5 May 2015

Very nice (even nicer since free admission), good for all ages. [Take this with a grain of salt: I heard plans were for a much bigger museum to be built nearer downtown ... this one is nice, can only imagine how much nicer it will...More

2  Thank Travelingfrom865
Reviewed 16 April 2015

There is a little bit of everything in here from insect, animal, bird and reptile specimens to fossils, a meteorite, a few live specimens, rocks/minerals/crystals exhibit. I have to comment that I was QUITE impressed with the displays because everything was labeled and organized so...More

1  Thank MREA5
Reviewed 20 March 2015

When you pull up, you don't think there is much in there, but it was amazing how much there is to see and how much you can learn there!

1  Thank Mria1964
Reviewed 30 December 2014

Not that big, but very interesting and I am told that future prospects mean bigger building and expansion. It was informative and had nice trinkets for sell and the lady at counter was friendly and helpful . All in all a very pleasant experience.

1  Thank AlabamaBrowser
Nearby Restaurants
Big Bob Gibson's Bar-B-Que
683 reviews
.42 km away
whitts barbecue
61 reviews
1.52 km away
El Palomino
19 reviews
.62 km away
Java Jaay Cafe
19 reviews
.41 km away
Nearby Attractions
Point Mallard Waterpark
196 reviews
4.43 km away
Delano Park
29 reviews
2.06 km away
Wilson Morgan Park
20 reviews
2.26 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Cook's Natural Science Museum staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines