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Cook's Natural Science Museum

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Address: 412 13th Street SE, Decatur, AL 35601
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+1 256-350-9339
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 14:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

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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Nice museum

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.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 July 2015
Decatur, Alabama
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Decatur, Alabama
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32 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
Jacksonville, Florida
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107 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 by a bit of Creationist nonsense here and there, but it's a very small part... More 

1 Thank Bo S
Decatur, AL
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35 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 own 9 year old to visit one morning. It was a huge success and my... More 

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Dahlonega, Georgia
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221 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 be.]

2 Thank Travelingfrom865
Cleveland, Tennessee
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225 reviews
80 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 well. (I am kind of OCD in this department and I loved the "smaller to... More 

1 Thank MREA5
Huntsville, Alabama
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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94 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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
Toney Alabama
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2014

We took our Girl Scout Troop there,and it was really informative!! And the Lady made it "Fun" so kept the Girl's interested!! My two Girl's still mention thing's that they saw there and it's been a year since we went!!

Thank Garry H
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

We dropped teenager off at the waterpark and we wet here and to the wildlife center. Both were very enjoyable. This is free and it has a lot of things in a small area. Its like a museum of stuff. We didn't take the kids but they would have loved it. (That's what they get for staying at the water... More 

1 Thank Samantha D
Trinity, Alabama
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81 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

We were entertaining our three grandchildren from Wisconsin and always take people to Cook's Museum when they visit. One never tires of it because it is so well done. Where do you find a great place to go to.......not only that, but it's FREE. One of the staff was walking around with a corn snake and letting people hold it... More 

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