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The Cat Cabinet

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Address: Herengracht 497, 1017 BT Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 20 626 9040
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A museum for cat lovers that features a collection of objects d'art...

A museum for cat lovers that features a collection of objects d'art wholly centered around the theme of our feline friends.

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An inexplicable (and unexplained) gathering of cat-based curiosities

A largely unlabelled assortment of advertising, memorabilia and objects with a feline theme. It has curiosity value and may provide a cat-fix to those travelling and missing their... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Coventry, United Kingdom

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A largely unlabelled assortment of advertising, memorabilia and objects with a feline theme. It has curiosity value and may provide a cat-fix to those travelling and missing their purring pets. Much though I like cats, though, the exhibit felt like an opportunistic gathering together of oddities with little if any in the way of curation. It could have been a... More 

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Rhodes, Greece
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to this museum after seeing a small card of it at the lobby of my hotel.What a place!Like entering in a fairy tale world.The decoration,the light,the sculptures,the paintings,the wonderfull magic-like atmosphere!The entrance was just 7 Euros.I ll never ever forget it.It is like entering in a magic world.I recomend it to everyone also to people with kids.I regret... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am not a cat person so the place was not fantastic for me but OK for a quick visit and is in keeping with some of the weirdness of Amsterdam. They have lots of cat theme posters in the gift shop that make good gifts if you have a cat nut in your life and need to pick them... More 

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allentown, pa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was raining and we were in the neighborhood, and I like cats...but, certainly not worth the 7$ entrance to see a bunch of cat posters and figurines. No real explanations or organization attempted, so I don't consider it a real "museum".

Thank travellerfromatown
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't expect to much, though. They have an interesting collection of all sorts of arts, posters, books, ... with cats in the title or cover picture, or ... . But that's about it. Plus 2 nice cats running around the reception. Actually, when we wnet out, we were not so sure if we had seen a cat museum or rather... More 

Thank Uwe D
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are a cat lover then this small museum is worth a visit. Museum is on the first floor with artwork and also normally a real cat fast asleep on a sofa. A little gift shop for getting all those cat posters.

Thank Corneliusfudge
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Don't set your expectation too high. It's a single floor of an elaborate old Dutch house littered with very old cat related posters, art work, and objet d'art. The house is actually just as interesting as it's content. You'll not spend hours here but you should come away with a smile on your face; especially if you come across their... More 

Thank Simon W
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4 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

We visited this on a whim, it is located on one of the most historically important canals in Amsterdam (Herengracht) it is in a beautiful old house built in 1664 and is full of works of art dedicated to cats! There are cat pictures, paintings and figures everywhere. There are even real live cats roaming around or sleeping. Some of... More 

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Northampton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Missing my cats back home, I was gratified to be greeted by Leon and Shirley (two of the four museum resident cats) at the door. The museum is not too big and very quirky, but is worth the money for a visit. We oogled the cat art and spent lots of time patting Leon and Shirley. And we bought a... More 

Thank Cindy T
London, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 via mobile

I visited Katten Kabinet on a whim when someone from my hostel recommended it to me. If you have a spare 30-60 minutes and you're in the area, it's well worth your time. There's some quirky art and the history is both informative and entertaining. One major perk is the live cats that roam around throughout the museum. Don't worry,... More 

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