How many dog and cat museums could there possibly be?! Honestly, we didn’t think very many. While we love travel and pets and know there are a lot of animal fans out there, not in our wildest dreams did we think there’d be this many all around the globe. Anyway, without further ado, here are 17 dog and cat museums to add to your vacation itinerary!
KattenKabinet (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Located in the capital of the Netherlands, KattenKabinet (or “Cat Cabinet”) is an art museum completely devoted to works featuring felines.
American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog (St. Louis, Missouri)
The AKC Museum of the Dog in Missouri is a 14,000 sq. ft. facility with a vast collection of dog art. There you can find drawings, prints, paintings, sculptures and more.
The Kuching Cat Museum (Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia)
The Kuching Cat Museum was founded in 1993 and contains more than 4,000 cat artifacts. The collection includes paintings, advertisements, memorials and even mummified cats from ancient Egypt.
Cat Museum, (Šiauliai, Lithuania)
Lithuania’s Cat Museum has a unique collection with cats made from porcelain, glass, amber, marble, wood, metal and other unique materials. You’ll find cats from all over the world, including Brazil, China, Japan, Latvia, Poland, Russia, Denmark, England, Estonia and more.
Presidential Pet Museum (Annapolis, Maryland)
Almost every US president takes pets with them when they moved into the White House. It was just a matter of time before someone opened a museum devoted to these four-legged family members!
Moscow Cat Museum (Moscow, Russia)
The Cat Museum in Moscow is divided into themed exhibits. Explore exhibitions like “Cat’s Eye,” “Women and Cats,” “Children’s Pictures of Cats” and “Cat’s Magic.”
The Cat Museum (Republic of Belarus, Minsk)
What makes the Minsk Cat Museum stand out from the herd? It features real live cats! While you can explore fascinating art exhibits and play games like “Cat-Checkers” and “Cat-Chess,” arguably the best part of this museum is that actual cats call the facility home.
The Maneki Neko Museum (Cincinnati, Ohio)
If you’re familiar with Japanese culture, you might know that Beckoning Lucky Cats are said to bring people luck. This museum is full of the fortune-bringing felines!
Maneki-Neko Museum (Seto, Japan)
You can find a similar Lucky Cat museum on the other side of the world in Seto, Japan. It houses more than 5,000 of these lucky charms.
Manekineko Art Museum (Okayama, Japan)
There’s also a third Lucky Cat museum in Okayama!
Museum of Dog (North Adams, Massachusetts)
Found in the Berkshires of New England is the Museum of Dog. This tribute to man’s best friend is located in a former saloon and has a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains.
CFA Foundation Feline Historical Museum (Alliance, Ohio)
This museum also features real cats! Enjoy playtime and snuggles with Maine Coons and Ragdolls!
The American Museum of the House Cat (Sylva, North Carolina)
This museum traces the history of house cats spanning hundreds of years. You’ll see art, antiques and more.
Cat Museum (San Francisco, California)
This facility is dedicated to cats in several different mediums, including film, and explores 5,000 years of cat and human friendship.
Katzinett-Katsenmuseum (Ludwigshafen, Germany)
Explore 8,000 exhibits in Ludwigshafen, Germany! This museum features kitties in all different forms. There’s even a human-sized cat doll named Broderik T. Honeywell.
Museo del Gatto (Kotor, Montenegro)
The location of this museum was chosen because it was considered the “ideal city for cats.”
Museo del Gatto (Teramo, Italy)
Make sure you don’t miss the other (unrelated) Museo del Gatto in Teramo, Italy!