A Complete List of Cat Museums around the World

If you are an avid cat lover and are interested in art too, then you can conceivably chart a trip around the world to visit cat museums. Cat museums are on almost every continent of the world. So here’s the list. Get those bags packed!

CAT FANCIERS FELINE HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Address:  260 East Main Street, Alliance, Ohio, USA

Hours:    Tuesday thru Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

A Complete List of Cat Museums around the World

The Cat Fanciers’ Cat Museum opened on June 10, 2010 in Alliance, Ohio.  The Museum features some special historical items such as the silver collar and medal won by Cosey at the 1895 New York City Cat Show. 

Another key feature is a cat house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Gerald B. Tonkens family of Cincinnati, which sits at the center of the museum.  Designed in 1954 for Mr. Tonken’s daughter’s cat, the cat house is typical of Wright’s modern 20th century designs.  The house was purchased by Thomas S. Monaghan at Christie’s in 1987 and then sold to a private collector in Wisconsin. The CFA Foundation purchased the house for the museum.

FrankLloydWrightCatHouse CFA museum

 

CAT MUSEUM KUCHING, MALAYSIA

Address:  Kuching North City Hall
93050, Kuching, MALAYSIA
Website: http://dbku.sarawak.gov.my

Hours: Monday thru Sunday 9.00 am – 5.00 pm (Except Public Holidays)

Malaysia Kuching Cat museum

The cat museum in Kuching was the first of its kind in the world. Located in Kuching (which means cat in Malay), the museum contains thousands of cat related art works, relics, photos and even a mummified Egyptian cat spread out over four galleries.

This city is especially cat friendly and is filled with large feline statues. Its radio station is even called “Cats FM”.

CAT MUSEUM OF KOTOR, MONTENEGRO

Address:  Stari Grad 371Kotor, Kotor Municipality 85330, Montenegro

Hours:  Sun 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Monday thru Saturday 10:00 am- 8:00 pm

cat museums at The Great Cat

The Cat Museum of Kotor was established after the Countess Francesca di Montereale Mantica donated a large collection of period images. Many of the pictures show cats in human-like poses, reading books and even swimming. There are also medals from international cat shows, portraits of people with their beloved pet cats, antique books, postcards, posters, advertisements and stamps. This museum even has live cat curators that steal the show from the actual museum exhibits.

A certain percentage from its income is spent on buying food for the street cats.

 

ERNEST HEMINGWAY HOUSE AND MUSEUM

Address: 907 Whitehead Street
Key West, FL 33040
Fax: (305) 294-2755
Website: www.hemingwayhome.com

Grounds are open Sunrise: 07:21 AM EDT – Sunset: 07:05 PM EDT

ERNEST HEMINGWAY HOME

Hemingway was an avid cat lover, and it is only fitting that his legacy be surrounded by cats. A ship’s captain gave Ernest Hemingway a polydactyl cat, and some of the cats who live on the museum grounds are descendants of that original cat, named Snow White. Key West is a small island, and it is possible that many of the cats on the island are related. The polydactyl cats are not a particular breed. The trait can appear in any breed and color. Polydactyls vary in shapes, sizes, colors and personalities.

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is home to approximately 40-50 polydactyl (six-toed) cats. Cats normally have five front toes and four back toes. About half of the cats at the museum have the physical polydactyl trait, but they all carry the polydactyl gene in their DNA, which means that the ones that have 4 and 5 toes can still mother or father six-toed kittens. Most cats have extra toes on their front feet and sometimes on their back feet as well. Sometimes it looks as if they are wearing mittens because they appear to have a thumb on their paw.

So if you are a cat fan and want see more than Hemingway memorabilia, then visit the Museum just to see the cats.

 

KATTENKABINET AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS

Address:  Herengracht 497, 1017 BT Amsterdam, Netherlands

Hours: Monday thru Friday 10-5, Saturday and Sunday 12-5

KattenKabinet Amsterdam (2)

The Kattenkabinet is housed in a restored 15th century home and sits right on a scenic canal. The founder and owner, Bob Meijer, started the museum in 1990 in honor of his beloved deceased tom cat, John Pierpont Morgan.

The Museum houses a selection of art works by greats such as Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec, and even Rembrandt.  It also features depictions of cats in film, posters, photography, sculptures and music.  These great works are all surrounded by  resident cats.

View the BBC video of the house here. http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20190221-amsterdams-museum-dedicated-to-cats-in-art

 

KATZINETT MUSEUM

Address:  Katzinett®
Ritterstraße 35
67063 Ludwigshafen am Rhein, Germany

Closed for repairs.

Katzinett-Katsenmuseum - Ludwigshafen, Germany

This museum boasts a collection of around 8,000 cat related items which span from Ancient Egypt to the modern day. They even have a cat shaped hot water bottle from the 1800’s as well as various sculptures and fine art.  

MANEKI NEKO ART MUSEUM 

Address:  865-1 Kanayamaji, Kita Ward, Okayama, 701-2151, Japan

Hours:  Open every day 10-5, Except Wednesdays

Maneki Neko Museum of Art

The Maneki Neko Art Museum is dedicated to the maneki neko or beckonging cat or lucky cat. This lovely museum is located o a slope of a remote mountain village north of Okayama city. The Maneki-Neko Museum has about 5,000 beckoning cats from all over Japan. .Beckoning cat lovers call the museum a “Place of Good Fortune” .                  

      

MOSCOW CAT MUSEUM

Address:  Rublevskoye shosse, 109, Moscow, Russia, 121552

https://www.facebook.com/MoscowCatMuseum/

moscow cat museum

The Moscow Cat Museum was established in 1993 by Andrei Abramov. The collection includes paintings, graphics, sculptures, ceramics, batiks, tapestries, suits, dolls, applications, collages, installations of different styles and trends of art, which show the cat through the eyes of artists. There are also books, photographs, movies, cartoons, postcards, toys and other things, connected with cats can be found.

 

MUSEE DU CHAT, BRUSSELS, BELGIUM

Address:  Centre culturel De Markten
5 rue du Vieux Marché aux Grains
1000 Bruxelles

https://www.facebook.com/lemuseeduchat/

BRUSSELS- Cat Museum

Françoise Baronian founded Le Musee du Chat to show case her and her father’s extensive collection of cat art. The show has about 100 pieces by a wide variety of artists, from the contemporary  Japanese  artist Araki to the conceptual Belgian artist Marcel Broodthaers. In addition, on display is the Chinese artist Wang Du’s monumental cat that is about to catch a monumental mouse.

Other private collections and galleries have lent a number of feline-themed works to complete the collection.  Cat portraits, sculptures, photographs, video installations, books, paraphernalia and more make sure that the cat is represented in a variety of ways. From kitty busts dating back to ancient Egypt to photos of pensive-looking shorthair cats and a massive, literal cat-and-mouse game, about a hundred works show that the animal has long fascinated artists of all periods and disciplines.

 

THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF THE HOUSE CAT,

SYLVA, NORTH CAROLINA

Address:  4704 US-441, Sylva, NC 28779, United States

Hours:  Friday thru Saturday 10-5; Sunday 12-5; Monday Closed

American Museum of the House Cat

This museum was founded by Harold Sims, a crazy cat man and retired biology professor, who is devoting his retirement years to cats. After building a no kill cat shelter, he has now created an entire museum dedicated to the history of cats in an antique mall in Sylva. He’s hoping that the money that the museum brings in will help support his no kill shelter. The museum has been 30 years in the making and consists of an assortment of approximately 10,000 items of feline arts and crafts.

 

THE CAT MUSEUM OF LLORET DE SPAIN

Address:  Pg. Jacint Verdaguer, 11, 17310 – Lloret de Mar – info@novovira.com – +34 972 366 266

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This museum is on three floors and houses the private collection of Russian millionaires Novoselova and Alexandr Gvozdev. There are more than 10,000 cat pieces consisting of toys, clocks, jewellery, porcelain, ivory, glass, tableware and paintings. There are even works by Swarovski, Lalique and Faberge. 

 

THE CAT MUSEUM, MINSK, BELARUS

Address:  Metro station “Oktyabrskaya, vulica Internacyjanaĺnaja 23, Minsk, Belarus

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12-9 pm, Sunday 11-4, and closed Monday.

Cat Museum Minsk

This museum opened in 2015 and consists of cat-themed books and games, cat art, and has a cat themed café. In addition to viewing plenty of cat art, visitors at the Cat Museum in Minsk, Belarus can check out special exhibitions,  and enjoy petting the members of the museum’s cat “staff.” These adoptable rescue kitties live on site.

 

THE CAT MUSEUM, SAN FRANCISCO

Address: Virtual museum, no hours, no location

 

cat museum san francisco

 

The Cat Museum of San Francisco is a virtual museum that has held random exhibits in public places in San Francisco. Established in 2010, the museum is visible on Facebook and posts frequently about famous cat lovers. 

 

THE CAT MUSEUM, ŠIAULIAI, LITHUANIA

Address:  Šiaulių m., Šiauliai, Street 18, Žuvininkų g., 76249, Lithuania

Hours: Tuesday thru Friday 10-5; Saturday 9-4; Sunday and Monday closed

Cat Museum, (Šiauliai, Lithuania)

Founded by the local cat lover Vanda Kavaliauskienė in 1990, this museum is made up of her collection of cat themed memorabilia. Visitors can view thousands of artifacts—including photos, artworks, and mini feline figurines from around the world—or even pet some of the live cats strolling around the premises.

 

THE CAT MUSEUM, VSEVOLOZHSK RUSSIA

Address: Koltushskoye Shosse, 214, Vsevolozhsk, Leningrad Oblast, Russia, 188680

Hours:  Every day 11-5 pm

The Cat Museum, Vsevolozhsk A Complete List of Cat Museums around the World

The Cat Museum, Vsevolozhsk was the first cat museum in Russia. It opened in 2008 10 kilometers north of St. Petersburg. The collection consists of more than 4,000 different pieces of cat art, figurines, household items, postcards, and photographs. All sorts of folklore on cat themes collected here: proverbs and sayings, poems and fairy tales, signs and riddles. The museum regularly hosts exhibitions of cats, theatrical performances, workshops and art picnics.

 

THE LUCKY CAT MUSEUM, CINNCINATI

Address:  2511 Essex Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45206, United States

Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday, 3 – 6 pm. Admission is free.

Lucky Cat Museum A Complete List of Cat Museums around the World

This cat museum has a definite slant on Japanese neko cats. It’s filled with interactive games and even a lucky cat slot machine. There are lucky cat figurines, dolls, pieces of art and more. The collection was amassed by the owner, Micha Robertson, is friendly and willing to answer questions. 

If you know of any museums I might have forgotten, please let me know in the comments. 

 

 

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Comments

  1. The Cat Museum of San Francisco was left off.

  2. Athena Mizelle says

    Glad to see you included the American Museum of the House Cat, in NC… been there several times.. it’s a fun place to go!!

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