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Cook's Natural Science Museum

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Address: 412 13th Street SE, Decatur, AL 35601-5916
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+1 256-350-9339
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun 14:00 - 17:00
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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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Can't beat free!

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.

Reviewed 31 July 2015
Candice B
Southside, Alabama
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Southside, Alabama
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61 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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
Cullman, Alabama
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 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 we walked out happy with our experience. Worth checking out if you are in the... More 

1 Thank Tricia F
Decatur, Alabama
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 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
Reviewed 30 June 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
Reviewed 23 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
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 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
Reviewed 15 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
Reviewed 19 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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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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
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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