The American Museum of the House Cat

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The American Museum of the House Cat

The American Museum of the House Cat
4.5
Art Galleries • Antique Shops
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
The American Museum of the House Cat is a museum dedicated to Cat Lovers everywhere. It is an Art Gallery which traces the History of the House Cat in America. The museum is the private collection of multi media art relating to House Cat that tells the story encompassing fine art, folk art, art in advertising, 3D art as well as collectables and antiques.
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1-2 hours
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Lynn
Asheville, NC181 contributions
Amazing collection and fun to explore
Oct 2019 • Solo
So it was an amazing collection and fun to explore. Who knew there were cat pinball machines? The owner was an informative guide. All in all it is not that big. It took less than an hour to examine everything. For me not worth the $7.50 except for knowing it goes to support the cat shelter.
Written October 19, 2019
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RONALD W
Lake Toxaway, NC30 contributions
excellent for children from 3 to 100
Oct 2019
An eclectic collection of all things cat. Paintings by known artists, posters, every toy type you can think of, ancient Egyptian artifacts, rides, too much to list. A 35 year collection of a cat lover. thousands of items. grandchildren will love.
Written October 9, 2019
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FiveBigBlueLakes
Lexington, SC238 contributions
This place will make your smile
Sep 2019
This place is wonderful and not just for cat lovers. First, the admission price is $7.50 and this goes to pay for on $22,000 salary and the leftover (2018 it was $35,000) goes to support the huge Catman2 cat shelter which has successfully reduced the workload for the Jackson County Animal Shelter which has been filled to capacity. Anyway, the ticket price is worth it. Anything ever made, created, saved, invented, carved, drawn, - of a cat is on display. If you are lucky, the owner, Dr. Harold Sims will be there and he will give you an individual tour with detailed explaination on each item and what makes it special. Lalique cat? Yup. Carved and painted solid wood 6 foot cat, Yup. Morris the cat? Yup, stuffed, motorized, cat games, cat figures, cat sculpture. I can't say enough about how delightful this place is. The highlight? Those of you over 50 may remember when cars had back seat dashboards. For a few years in the late 60s or early 70s it was popular to stick a stuffed animal cat on this back dash, hook it up to your tailights so that when you stepped on the brake, the cats red eyes would light up also. I had forgotten all about this novelty and Mr. Sims had one. It was a great memory.
Written September 3, 2019
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RaleighNCtravel
Raleigh, NC469 contributions
What a place
Aug 2019
If you like cats and museums this is place for you. There are no cats here but all kinds of cat items, an amazing collection. And it is very well organized. It is with an antique mall but the mall is shutting down so the museum is moving soon. Our GPS took us right to it but did have trouble getting us back to Cashiers.
The owner has bought many of the items. He is very pleasant and gave us a tour of the highlights.
There is a $7.50 charge but is worth it if you have 30-60 minutes to see it. You could spend at least two hours if you wanted to see each item.
There is plenty of parking in front of the mall.
Written September 2, 2019
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Kennedy H
Cullowhee, NC1 contribution
Fascinating!
Aug 2019 • Couples
I’m a huge cat lover just like the man who started this museum. As you walk through you get to see hundreds of years worth of cat related things from all over the world. It’s truly incredible to see how the entire world has depicted cats throughout history. Incredible collection!
Written August 21, 2019
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GALE Y
Atlanta, GA190 contributions
So very interesting
Jul 2019
This is a curious place. Unfortunately it is located inside an antique Mall..This antique Mall is closing by November. I am uncertain whether this Museum will remain or have to move. At any rate the owner is asking someone to take over in his place when he dies.
Written August 11, 2019
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Phillip T
Madison, FL85 contributions
If you love cats, stop by
Aug 2019 • Couples
Quirky, eclectic collection by a retired professor. All sorts of cat paintings, China, figurines, posters, etc, including a carousel. There are cat statues, pinball machines and a cat hymn book. Attendant was very friendly and helpful. They are moving across the road in 2020 as the Antique mall is closing. Not fancy, but fun
Written August 8, 2019
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christopher p
10 contributions
Quirky
Aug 2019 • Family
We are a crazy cat family! This was a must see for us! It was amazing all the cat things! Lol it’s kinda like one of those largest ball of yarn things! Quirky and weird but worth the good cause it supports!
Written August 8, 2019
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Andrew M
GROVE CITY, United States59 contributions
Journey to Cat Mecca
Aug 2019 • Couples
Was a really nice museum in the Smokey Mountain foothills. Near Cherokee NC and reservation. Lots to see in museum as exhibits were a little crowded. Moving across the road to bigger digs next year. Recommend as must for cat lovers.
Written August 6, 2019
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Kimberly T
United States54 contributions
Quirky Hidden Gem
Jul 2019 • Family
Don’t expect a grand building or elaborate decor, but what a cool place. So many neat things to look at and explore. The lady working there was very friendly and patient. Our younger children can be terrors, and she was fantastic with them. Neat little place to stop and very inexpensive.
Written August 3, 2019
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The American Museum of the House Cat is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM