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Known as "cat city," Kuching is dotted with various feline sculptures and this unusual cat museum. Inside, see cat items from ancient times to "Hello, Kitty."
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TravellingEmm
Bristol123 contributions
Friends
It's a bit of a taxi ride to get to the museum, which is housed at the top of a hill.

There are lovely gardens outside so you could actually have lunch up there while enjoying panoramic views of the city.

The museum is free, unless you want to take pictures which costs about 3 RM per phone.

Yes, the museum is dated.
Yes, it's pretty rubbish.
But... It's so bad it's actually fun.

There's an exhibit on cat funerals. Another area features hilariously bad, mangy-looking stuffed cats. There's even a case full of tins of cat food.

The rest of the museum is stuffed to the rafters with all kinds of cat collectibles and memorabilia.

Written April 21, 2016
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jseldis
Manchester, UK4 contributions
Don't get me wrong, I love cats. I love most things to do with cats, and have two myself. Many an hour has been spent procrastinating on the Internet, looking at funny pictures of cats, or watching videos of them. Naturally, I was intrigued at the prospect of a cat 'museum', and jotted it on my list of things to do whilst in Kuching.
The taxi there was cheap, and it's in quite a stunning building, which is actually one of the government buildings for Sarawak. From outside the building there's impressive views of Kuching, however the viewing is something of a mixed affair inside.
The only way I can describe it is that it is reminiscent of the collection of an institutionalised hoarder. I've never seen such a collection of oddities in my life, and can rest assured that if I am to become obsessed with something at some point in time, I'd have to go a long way to create more of a challenging spectacle than this museum.

Just inside the entrance, there is a 8 foot model of a cat 'thing' which looks less like a cat, and more like something Stevie Wonder modeled from wool during a breakdown. I wish I was joking.

Obviously there are some good bits, I don't really want to spoil them. I'd rather let you know of the slightly bizarre aspects of this spectacle, to forewarn you in case you are of a nervous disposition.

Some personal favourites included:

The pictures of cat 'bands' - how the curators of this museum thought pictures of cats dressed as The Jimi Hendrix Experience cover bands were culturally significant I'll never know.

The picture of a cat in a pan of water, with the explanation that by 'half-drowning a cat in water, this is surely one of the most effective ways of rainmaking'. I have never seen such wonderful use of the word 'surely' in my life. It's as if to say - 'give this a go. It may well be animal cruelty, but it'll obviously make it rain. Obviously.'

The mock cat cemetery. Say no more.

There were two whole exhibition stands of cat food. Just in case you'd forgotten what the pet food aisle in your local supermarket looked like. 'Been feeding your cat soiled bandages and crisps? Try these. It has been proven that actual cat food is a good diet for cats.'

The taxidermy was particularly impressive. I can imagine the Kuching Society for Blind Taxidermists were thrilled to get that gig.

The positives? It's a bit of a a laugh, despite how seriously they've taken it. Some of the facts were interesting. It's free. That's about it.

Give it a go, you may not sleep for days, but you'll learn some interesting facts about how to make it rain.
Written February 14, 2014
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sassafraf
Cronulla, Australia1,078 contributions
Family
I love cats all shapes breeds and sizes this museum was amazing never seen a cat museum before but really enjoyed the visit to this one

Everything to do with cats was here tea towels oven clothes toys they are all here as someone said there is an awful lot of commercial advertising here but who cares I miss my cats while on holidays and loved the museum it was fun
Written June 1, 2012
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Meow
San Jose, CA14 contributions
Kuching means “cat”, so it makes sense to have cats as a city mascot. It is not free but is pretty close at 3 rm (0.75 USD) for adults and you can take all the photos you want. It has all sorts of cat items from stuffed Sarawak cats to artwork, figurines, toys and related things like Friskies cat food packages. It is located in a government building at the top of a hill with a view and occupies a good portion of the first floor. There is a parking garage underneath. After visiting some overpriced tourist trap museums in other Malaysian cities, this museum was refreshing
Written January 9, 2020
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HTH
Kuching, Malaysia147 contributions
Solo
The" Cat City" Kuching ,most of the Sarawakian know about it. This museum is located at North City Hall, Kuching.
I myself prefer to visit the place due to good looking green environment. Furthermore,you can gain plenty of art, stamp,or even real cat photos here.
Disneyland film "The Aristocats" tell people that we must caring for home and wild animals as well.
Written March 13, 2020
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saykiaora
Brisbane415 contributions
Couples
Cats, cats and more cats, I guess thats why they call it the cat museum haha, it did have some very interesting exhibits and it is free (5 ringet to bring your camera in), it has everything from a display of peoples cat tattoos to a display on cat food,the building is very interesting and a nice way to spend 30min.
Written May 24, 2012
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MichaelHuxley
Liverpool, UK266 contributions
This place is a must see in Kuching, if only for the fact that it is unique and completely nutty!

It is very easy to reach, just get a cheap taxi ride from anywhere in Kuching, or you can ask a shuttle to drop you here from any of the other half day tours (as most pass here).

The museum is actually inside the picturesque North City Hall and the views from the top of the hill are great! Once you get inside you will find every kind of cat statue and titbit of information you can think of! You will obviously get more out of it if you like cats, but anyone will find this a bit of fun. It is particularly good for families with young children.

For the sake of a few quid (taxi's up here and the entrance fee are very cheap), then this is a great way to spend a few hours if you are in Kuching.

There isn't a bus stop or taxi stand up here, but taxi's are more than willing to meet you if you arrange a time, or if you don't want to do that, the security at the front desk are more than helpful and will actually ring a taxi for you if you ask.
Written March 6, 2011
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waget
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia391 contributions
Went with my daughter. We were the only people who were there during our visit. I am not really a fan of cats but it is quite interesting to know that there are many types of cats. The collection in the museum is quite interesting.
Written March 23, 2021
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Nida K.
Cyberjaya, Malaysia144 contributions
Family
I went there with a very low expectation. But still it doesnt meet up. The place will charge you RM3/entrance. Its not that its expensive. But you really pay for nothing. The place showcast some photos of cats, cat posters, cat food. I think they should really improve on the info and make it more interactive especially for the kids. The property itself is georgoes. On top of a hill. With amazing scenery of Kuching and the mountains. But considering the distance from the city and the effort to go there, I might just skip next time.
Written November 30, 2018
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BSinPNS
Pensacola, FL714 contributions
Couples
While the Kuching North City Hall is very impressive with its large golden roof and nice approaches, the cat museum is a large collection of posters related to what else - cats.
Written March 11, 2018
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