Cats Museum

Cats Museum, Kotor: Hours, Address, Cats Museum Reviews: 4/5

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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Cats Museum was founded in 2013. It is located in the middle of the Old town of Kotor, in the area of the antique monastery of Our lady of Angels, which belonged to the nuns of Santa Clara. This area, currently open to the public, used to be an antique refectory, unfortunately unrecognizable due to numerous reconstructions which followed after the abolition of the religious community. The biggest part of the Museum's collection comes from Venice, more precisely from the fund of the International Centre for Adopting Cats "Badoer" enriched by the substantial donation from countess Francesca Montereale di Mantica. The exhibition contains engravings (XVI-XIX c), antique books (XVI-XIX c), coins, medals (XIX -XX c), illustrated postcards (1891-1950), greeting cards, old photographs, cinematographic posters, sheet music, records, old advertisements, various objects, stamps, etc. One big section is dedicated to the Cat exhibitions before the First World War as well as to the children through the most common school items: notebooks, infant books, etc. The museum's goal is that, through the cat as the most common pet, the public gets a message of respect for the environment and the nature, each day more and more threatened by men. On request, The Museum organizes traveling exhibitions in various European countries and within its possibilities constantly buys pieces that can enrich its collection. Furthermore, the museum is available to host exhibitions featuring the works of contemporary artists who are interested to organize their art events in Kotor. A certain percentage from its income is spent on buying food for the street cats.
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Mina McR
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Couples
A cozy, charming museum dedicated to cats in a city that honors cats? Count me in! It only costs 1 euro to get in and you will leave smiling. The gentleman overseeing the establishment is kind and the love for cats is evident and contagious. My husband who is NOT a cat fanatic was impressed and enjoyed the experience so much he left a donation. I adore cats and was thrilled to see various books and prints of cats. Icing on the cake was playing with the 2 gorgeous tabby kittens. Make it a point to stop by the museum when you find yourself in Montenegro and you too can help with the feeding and caring of the friendly cats of Kotor. ❤️
Written May 12, 2022
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June
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Couples
I adore cats, so naturally had to drug my husband into the museum. Just like other mentioned, not much of a museum in here, just a bunch of photos and postcards of cats (well, some photos were almost a hundred years old and depicted very interesting historical characters!). The highlight of our visit was definitely two cute sibling kitties walking around the museum. If the museum does what it says and feeds the stray cats in town - it’s a great cause.
Written July 11, 2022
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Reed
Orlando, FL1,364 contributions
Couples
The cat museum in Kotor, Montenegro is a little bit of a misnomer. While many would assume it has actual physical cats - it’s really devoted to images of cats in advertising and news. It’s got some really interesting pieces and a lot to look at in it’s few tiny rooms. There’s also a nice gift shop and a couple of very hot and not moving live cats lounging on a table. It’s worth the few dollars to see if you have the time. It is a bit difficult to find, it’s in a courtyard behind the buildings that Google maps directs you to.
Written August 6, 2022
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Louise
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Friends
We went because we love cats. The man was pleasant & we chatted. There was no pressure to but we left a donation for feeding. A few days later we were speaking with a lady who said that this man wasn't Montenegrin & left to return to Italy after the season. (donations with him) I do not know if this is correct but I wished I'd not left a donation following this conversation. The lady seemed more genuine about cat welfare & gave us lots of information about the neuturing charity etc. Left snip was a make I think and right was a female.
Written June 6, 2022
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Dear Louise, we must always talk about what we know and see personally. No matter how many things you always do, there will be mischievous people who speak badly. I leave you a little truth: "if I used cat donations for me, I would have a voluminous butt like that of Mrs. Daniela, this is the name of the sour spinster from Cattaro, who always speaks ill of everyone". To avoid these situations, I prefer to receive more than cash offers, sealed packs of cat food, as specified in the various signs that you will have seen both inside and outside the Museum. sincerely Piero Pazzi
Written June 15, 2022
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Roebuck1989
Colwyn Bay, UK104 contributions
Couples
We went here not expecting the world and my expectations were shattered into a million pieces. Through a dingy alleyway that smelled strongly of human urine into what can only be described as a poorly re purposed 2/3 bedroom apartment I was greeted by a surly Italian man sat behind a computer. Having come that far and being informed rather grumpily that the price was 1 Euro we decided to give it a go.

Into the first room....There was a small round table with a guestbook on it. I URGE you to save this to the last as this will be the highlight of your visit. On the walls were some pretty creepy postcards of cats. I hope you like creepy postcards of cats. Because that is all that is in this museum. Nothing else. Not even any cats. I felt cheated. Also for some bizzare reason everything was written in Italian with very few English translation and weirdly enough even less in Montenegrin.

Moving onto the second room; much of the same. Creepy pictures of olde timey women with cats interspersed with some stamps. I'd say moving onto the third room but that would be impossible as this entire museum was about the size of three family cars parked next to each other.

The only saving grace was the presence of air conditioning and the hilarious cat drawings from around the world which KIND OF made the 1 Euro entrance cost worth it. Even if you are a cat lover I doubt you would find much joy in this place. For lovers of the bizarre and creepy cat postcard fanatics this will be your Nirvana.

Seriously though. Just awful. FORSHAME!
Written August 15, 2014
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Actually, there were expecting tourists so low like her, but the quality can not always find, as in his case. People who do not understand the rarity of ancient works on the cat. Why visit the museums instead of going to the beach where you can judge the legs of the wet? Perhaps you'd enjoy more. Return to us. Translation provided by google
Written August 20, 2014
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terrythy
Bristol, UK238 contributions
Solo
All things cats. There were even some brand new kittens enjoying socialisation in the window when I visited. The museum costs a couple of Euros to see cats on stamps, coins, medals and posters. But the reason the Cat Museum exists is because cats are revered in Kotor for their role in wiping out the rat population and protecting the city from the Black Death.
You don't need more than 20 minutes here, but your money will go to helping the cats in Kotor.
Written November 18, 2017
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Travelcato
Toronto, Canada1,094 contributions
Couples
Of all the cat museums we’ve been to , this ranks in the top 10.
It’s a pawsativily interesting museum that provides proof that cats will likely take over the planet one day.

Inside, you will be greeted by at least two cats. On the day we visited, Princess Penelope was there with her new born kitty Vikor. They greeted us and provided commentary in cat about the museum.
One is treated to many cat related stories and visuals. From photos of cats sleeping, to more terrifying pictures of kitties in hunting poses, this place has something for everyone.
1€ is well worth admission to recognize the outstanding contributions kitties have made in arts, science and politics.
Written August 6, 2018
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hazzamarri2442
Sydney, Australia265 contributions
We tried to go on two separate days but both times it was closed without any signage.
We were very disappointed - as were the other 5 or so people awkwardly exploring the building not knowing if it was open or if they were trespassing.

Written November 17, 2017
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BelleNovaScotia
Nova Scotia, Canada110 contributions
Couples
Cats museum is really just someone's collection of postcards and pictures all depicting various people with cats. We didn't find it all that interesting, but understand that the 1 euro admission fee goes towards feeding the many feral cats that live in Kotor. For that reason only, I would go again. The feral cats all seem to be very tame and love attention. I could certainly have brought several of them home with me :)
Written October 14, 2017
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Laura T
Madrid, Spain180 contributions
Friends
A strange little museum where you get to see a weird collection of cat-related postcards, but some of them with very bad taste (aka not cute as you would expect from the name of the museum)
Written December 9, 2017
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A little curiosity: how did you enter the museum if it is closed to the public from October 30th to 1st April? regards Piero
Written December 10, 2017
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