Amsterdam is home to a lot of museums but I’m guessing you’ve never heard of a museum dedicated to works of art featuring cats, right? Well, you’re welcome to one of Amsterdam’s most “pawsome” museums – The Kattenkabinet (Cat Cabinet).
The Kattenkabinet is an art museum in Amsterdam entirely devoted to cats. The collection includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and other works of art featuring cats. These including artworks by Picasso, Rembrandt, Toulouse-Lautrec, Corneille, Sal Meijer, Théophile Steinlen and Jože Ciuha. The museum organizes temporary exhibitions.
The story of how the cat cabinet came to be is quite touching. The cat museum is established in memory of a ginger cat by the name of J.P. Morgan who died in 1983. J.P. Morgan’s owner, Bob Meijer was almost inconsolable and as a sort of coping mechanism, started collecting everything that had to do with cats. It worked so well that the collection became a museum.
The Museum’s Collection
In the Kattenkabinet visitors can really find everything about cats. The cat museum has a large collection of works that depict cats. The artworks on display also show how long artists have been portraying cats and this is mostly thanks to the wide variety of masterpieces from different centuries. In addition to painting and drawing, there are also many images, posters, lithographs and photographs. The collection contains a wide variety of works and due to its quantity of cat images, the Kattenkabinet can be considered a truly unique museum.
If you are planning to visit Amsterdam and you’re also a cat lover, the Kattenkabinet is a museum you must not miss! A fun and light-hearted way to soak up some culture in the capital. Due to its central location, extensive collection and convenient opening times, it is a museum for both young and old. Don’t miss out!