The Cook Museum of Natural Science is housed in a 5,000 square foot facility. The site provides parking accommodations for multiple buses, motor homes and vans. A 64-seat auditorium is available for class or group activities, including viewing video tapes with natural science themes. The museum’s gift counter offers an assortment of science-related items. A museum attendant is on duty to assist visitors.
The site has since been buldozed and they are currently putting the finishing touches on a brand new modern building. You can check out a preview of what to expect on their website. I have to say it looks incredible and the living aquatic biome in particular has grabbed my attention. Everyone in Decatur is super excited and looking forward to the museum opening its doors again in 2018.
I imagine many of the previous artifcats will be on display again and they have at their disposal a mammoth (excuse the pun!) collection of native and exotic taxidermy. They cover a vast time span of natural history so you can expect to see many ancient artifcats dealing with archaeology and paleontology and geology. This is truly an amazing educational opportunity for kids and adults to get up close and see specimens that otherwise would only be seen on TV. Unfortunately many are no longer living or in the case of the dinosaurs they are thankfully extinct.
The building features two levels with a cafe, store and a special events hall.
Previously admission was free and we hope this will continue to be the case when they re-open, we will update as we get more information.
To be officially announced.