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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Cooks Natural Science Museum

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.

Yes the old museum was humble but it was very much used by local schools.


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.

The plaza with the fountain was donated by Davidson Technologies, the last place Marvin worked in Huntsville. Marvin says the Davidson family is also very generous in giving to local projects.

Margaret and Landon checking out the map to the museum while Grandpa purchased tickets. There is a nice cafe and a gift shop in the museum which you can visit without paying the entrance fee.

Margaret was sad that the flamingo was stuffed.

A very big bear.

Grandpa explaining something to Margaret.

In front of the constellation screen.


In the beaver den.

In the caves....

A beautiful aquarium ...we spent a long time looking at the fish.

There was a small classroom in the cave.

Landon is always ready for a photo op.

Th tight squeeze....

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.

10 comments:

Dianna said...

What a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours with some Grands! It looks as if everyone had a wonderful time.

Ramblings of a Retired Lady said...

How interesting and so glad you got to go.

Robin in Virginia said...

It looks like an incredible place to visit, Arlene. What fabulous pictures you shared of the many exhibits!

Visits With Mary said...

A great place for children to learn. I enjoyed reading the history of the museum.

Mary said...

Arlene,what a great museum for the children, I bet you enjoyed it as well...

Terri D said...

Museums are such a storehouse of wonderful information for all! I'm glad the kids, big and small, enjoyed your time there!! Thanks for sharing this with us!

Carol said...

Looks like a beautiful and interesting day at the museum for all, Arlene! I love museums, but they sure tire my back with all that standing.

RJ said...

What a wonderful man and the new museum is such a great honor in his name. Looked like everyone really enjoyed their time there. I know I would love to see it too. RJ

Gill - That British Woman said...

what lovely photos of you all. Love spending time with the grandkids.

Mari said...

Such a fun time in the museum. We love to visit museums too. Margaret is really growing up lately!