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Visitor Information

Seasonal Hours of Operation

Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.    
Wednesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.    
Thursday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.    
Friday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.    
Saturday: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.    
Sunday: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

We will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Ticket Prices*

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Age 15+
Age 3 to 14
2 & Under
Age 65+
With military ID
15 or more
$17 for Adult
$13 for Child

*Prices do not include tax.


Membership Rates

Where to Find Us

Where to Park

Primary parking:
133 4th Ave NE (adjacent to the Museum)

Secondary parking #1:
431 Holly St NE

Secondary parking #2:
510 Cherry St NE


What can we expect to see inside the museum?

In the Cook Museum of Natural Science, you’ll be able to experience nature up-close through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities that will keep the entire family engaged! You’ll leave amazed, excited, and inspired by the natural world.

Here are a few highlights:

  • Immersive cave experience
  • Live animals, including: baby alligators, turtles, snakes, insects, jellyfish, fresh and saltwater fish, and more
  • 15,000-gallon saltwater aquarium
  • Forests exhibit gallery with a tree you can climb up through the inside of and a rope bridge you can cross to a squirrel’s nest high up in a tree
  • Hands-on interactive activities including a kinetic sand table, a digital seashell generator, and a meteorite from outer space

...and much, much more!

Click here to see our Exhibit Galleries

What are Charter Memberships?

Charter Memberships are special limited time opportunities to be a part of the founding community of supporters who will enjoy a wide array of benefits including free regular general admission, a special commemorative gift, and other exclusive opportunities.

Click here to learn more about Charter Memberships.

When can I start planning field trips to the museum?

We are planning for field trips to the museum to begin in the Fall 2019 semester for school and homeschooling groups. We will release more information about field trip planning and booking closer to our grand opening. Be sure to sign up to receive updates via email from us in order to stay up-to-date with the latest information.

Is the museum accepting volunteers?

We are looking for volunteers! Visit our volunteer page to see all available positions. When you see an opportunity you’re interested in, click the “Proceed to Application” link at the bottom of the page. Thanks for your interest and support!

How can I donate to the museum?

We have a limited number of naming opportunities still available, along with the opportunity to add your name to the museum’s Founders Hall. If you would like more information about how to make a pledge or donate to the museum, contact Jeanne Payne at

How can I donate an item to the museum?

To help share the amazing life around us, we seek to provide the public with a rich and diverse resource of natural science specimens that encourage discussion, teaching, and curiosity.

If you would like for us to consider an item you own for donation, please visit our Collections page to learn more about that process!

How can I learn more about employment in the Cook Museum?

To see our current openings and apply, go to our careers page. We will review applications and respond to qualified applicants. Please no solicitations, as we will not accept resumes in-person.

How can I be the first to know when new updates are released from the Cook Museum?

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