For many years here in Decatur the Cooks Pest Control Business offered a small museum which was free to the public so they could be educated about insects. Mr John Cook, the president of the business, was a friend of ours through our church. He was one of those wealthy businessmen who was humble and used his money to help others both here in the US and abroad. Our youngest son, Charles worked for the small museum when he was in high school. It was a nice way to make money and to meet visitors at the museum. After Mr Cook's death, the family had a dream to provide North Alabama with a quality museum and a tourist destination for this area. We are close to the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville so these two museums will be a real draw for family vacations.
Here is a picture of John and Jo Cook.
The bottom picture is the small museum located near the Cooks Pest Control Offices.
The new museum is downtown and makes a great first impression.
In the beaver den.
We had a nice time and spent about two hours seeing everything the museum had to offer. There were docents in many of the rooms answering questions etc. I will say I think this museum is geared to older children. I think Margaret and Landon were about the perfect age to enjoy it. Now my big boy scientist, Marvin, enjoyed it as well!! Well worth the time if you are in the NO Ala arear with the grandchildren.