The cat Museum in Amsterdam

The cat Museum in Amsterdam

  • Country: Holland
  • City: Amsterdam
  • Address: Herengracht 497

This small, private Museum is among the attractions of Amsterdam, and in the standard routes of the city it also missed. However, residents of the city know about him, though, and here are a few. It is a Museum of cats, or “Office cat” (De Kattenkabinet). Why tours it is bypassed it is possible to conjecture, to learn a little more about it.


The Museum building is located in the upscale neighborhood where is now located the offices of banks and luxury mansions, at Herengracht 497, in the first 2 floors which it is located. On the 3rd floor is home to a Dutch financier Bob Meyer the Creator of the Museum. Once he had a cat named John Pierpont Morgan III, named after the famous American tycoon. They say it was a very clever cat and the owner loved him so much that he gifts expensive, but meaningless for cat gifts. For example, on his first birthday, he received his portrait, a decade – sculpture, and by the fifteenth volume of poetry dedicated to John Pierpont Morgan – the cat. Bob Mayer even printed a dollar, where is the President’s portrait was a portrait of your pet.

One of the rooms of the office cats
But in 1983, at the age of 17 years the cat died, and Bob, in memory of his favorite, decided to create a memorial of the cat office, which opened as a Museum in 1990, “Cats in art and culture” – that is his General theme.


Everything here is dedicated to cats, the Museum houses more than 3,000 exhibits, mainly of paintings, statues, sculptures, installations work, sometimes well-known masters such as Rembrandt, Pablo Picasso, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Theophilus Steinlen, Sol Mayer, Corneille, jože Ciuha. There are works of Russian artist Nikolai Tarkhov, who worked in the XIX – XX centuries.


Among the sculptures is also a great variety – there is also “Lord of garbage”, and “Pensive fat man” and “The skinny cat”, and, of course, “puss in boots”. There is even a cat-a werewolf, a Ghost of a woman with cat-like features. Even the furniture is decorated with images and sculptures of these animals. Are a lot of posters cat theme, from the body of the vase out of the cat’s soul, on the fan a picture of a cat – the whole interior is imbued with the spirit of love for these Pets, and the air they smell in the Museum live 5 well-fed cats. Here there is gloom (apparently such seen a cat the soul of the Creator of the Museum) and always lit chandeliers…


Anyone can be a sponsor of the Museum, buying a necktie with the image of the character Kipling – the cat “walking by myself.” A remarkable Museum and its very expensive, superbly made site on the web, where in the interactive mode, you can wander through its halls and to consider in detail all the exhibits.