Interested in donating objects to the Cook Museum of Natural Science?

What do we collect?

The Cook Museum of Natural Science exists to engage, excite, and educate visitors of all ages about the natural, created world around us. We want to provide the public with a rich and diverse resource of natural science specimens that encourages discussion, teaching, and research, because we believe that Life is Amazing! To meet these goals, the Museum collects primarily in the areas of vertebrate and invertebrate zoology, geology, paleontology, and nature art. Special attention is given to natural science specimens that showcase the diversity, beauty, and functionality found in nature, as well as the creativity and ingenuity of God.

How do I donate an object to the Museum?

Thank you for your interest and desire to support the Cook Museum of Natural Science. Any objects accepted into the Museum’s collections must be relevant to our mission and must also meet the criteria that is set forth in our collections policy. We want to think carefully and grow wisely, so the decision to accept an item into the Museum’s collection is an important one for us, and it can take some time.

Please contact Cherry Johnson, Collections Manager, at 256.351.4510 or by email at cjohnson@cookmuseum.org before bringing any objects to the museum. If you would like to start the discussion by sending a picture of the item you wish to donate, that would be great! Here is the information that must be provided when you call or email:

  • A description of the object
  • What you believe the object to be
  • Who owns the object?
  • How did you come to have the object?
  • Any history or related information about the object that might help us make a decision

If I donate an object to the Museum, how will it be used?

Objects donated to the museum are used for exhibit, education, and research. While many of our objects are placed on exhibit either permanently or temporarily, others may be used in educational programs or as resources for academic research, and still others will rest in controlled storage areas until a decision is made to place them on exhibit. All of our objects are treated with the highest professional care in the hopes that they will be preserved for many generations to come!


 

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About the Object

A description of the object:
What do you believe the object to be?
Who owns the object?
How did you come to have the object?
Any history or related information about the object that might help us make a decision?