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The Cat Cabinet

Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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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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Cat-apult Yourself to this Museum!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 4, 2015
Cindy T
Northampton, Massachusetts
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

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 

London, Canada
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18 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I simply loved this place - it's a collection of all things related to cats, from posters, to some costumes, paintings, and I even saw an actual cat, sleeping on a desk. How delightfully appropriate! There is also a small gift-shop at the exit and I recognized in its postcards some of the most iconic cats that I forgot I... More 

London, United Kingdom
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49 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

The museum itself is tiny but really nicely organised. The collection is really interesting and diverse, from vintage prints and children's drawings to actual cats! Definitely worth a visit for any cat lover, and the gift shop is adorable!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 via mobile

My mother and I, being the crazy cat ladies we are, decided early on that this place was a must see during our visit! It's very quaint, and a beautiful building but it's not very big, we were in and out in maybe 30mins or less. The gift shop has some lovely cat related posters and postcards.

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Provo, Utah
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26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Silly museum but fun to wander through. Lots of old posters and other cat related items. Worth a peek if you are a cat lover.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

You know the reviews regarding the cat Cabinet are quite accurate. It is dingy (The lighting needs work) damp and a bit grim but I think that this ads to the charm of this establishment. Sure tariff is dubious because you only have access to one floor, and there is a serious lack of logic to the displays. There is... More 

Okinawa Prefecture, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Crazy cat lady/man? Best head down to the cat cabinet. It's a small museum of cat art, cat furniture, cat everything! A lot of it is locally sourced, but some is from around the world. No real cats I'm afraid. Gift shop is small, but they have replicas of the art for sale, and a lot of it is great.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 via mobile

It is a museum dedicated to cats in a beautiful old canal house. There is everything from cat statues to advertising posters with cats. While small, there is a lot crammed into the space. Easy to miss, on the 1st floor, is the shrine to the owner's first cat, bizarrely named after a famous banker. There are even a few... More 

Kansas City, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

The Katten Kabinet museum is a typical canal house that is loaded with cat-themed artwork and decorations. Scattered across several rooms the home also boasts some lovely architecture and furniture to complement the abundance of art. (If you're lucky, you will also get to see or meet the actual cats in residence.) It was a nice place to visit, I... More 

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