It may be the most impressive natural science collection you’ve ever seen! Cook Museum of Natural Science, in Decatur, Alabama, began some three decades ago from one man’s interest in natural science and his desire to develop one of the best Entomology and Related Science Courses for the pest control industry anywhere in the country.
This dream has grown into an extensive collection of more than 2,000 highly rated exhibits ranging from mounted wildlife and birds, minerals and rocks, to exotic insects, sea shells, snakes and coral. All will be housed in a modern facility soon to be open for viewing.
The museum originated from the private collection of Mr. Cook, president and chairman of the board of Cook’s Pest Control, a southeastern leader in the pest control industry. The collection was first used to supplement the curriculum of technicians attending Cook’s Technical Training School. In 1980 a permanent museum was built to house the ever-growing collection. In its original location, more than 30,000 visitors, including vast numbers of school-aged children, toured the site each year. Even larger numbers are anticipated at the new facility.
Cook Museum of Natural Science is one of the few private museums in the United States authorized by the federal government to include eagle exhibits in their collection. Rarer still is the fact that the Cook Museum is one of the few museums in the U.S. to display both a bald eagle and a golden eagle. Utilizing state-of-the art displays, including interactive exhibits, talking exhibits, live exhibits and touching exhibits, the Cook Museum brings nature from around the world to life by showing the animals in their natural habitat.
At the museum, the Tennessee Valley Lake Exhibit alone features more than 50 species of insects, animals and water life from the Tennessee Valley region of the United States. The Museum is billed as one of the finest of its type in the South and will offer accommodations for tour groups and visitors for the viewing of natural science videos.