Inside the cat museum that needs to go on every cat lover’s bucket list right now

The world is filled with some weird and wonderful museums , but there’s one that could be purr-fect for any cat lover (sorry). 

The KattenKabinet in Amsterdam is a museum filled with cat-inspired artwork ranging from paintings and posters to statues and sculptures and – you guessed it – real cats!

Then there’s the gift shop where you can pick up heaps of merchandise including cat-themed bags, fridge magnets, stationery, cards and t-shirts.

The museum was founded in 1990 by William Meijer, a wealthy Dutchman who wanted to preserve the memory of his cat Tom.

It’s actually a pretty impressive (if eclectic) collection even if you’re not a huge fan of cats and there are even pieces by the likes of Picasso on display!

In fact, the museum’s baroque-style interiors and elegant cabinets make you feel like you’re in a classic museum – despite the fact this one is entirely devoted to cats.

The museum is pretty impressive

The displays are across the lower floors of the house, as the owner and his family still live upstairs.

Of course there are some real-life feline friends keeping a watchful eye, with five cats to be found wandering through the rooms (yes, petting them is allowed).

There are about four rooms of displays and artwork to walk through so you don’t need to devote an entire afternoon for a visit – but it can make for a fun way to while away an hour, not to mention it’s right by the canals so you can include as part of a wider leisurely stroll.

It’s filled with cat-inspired artwork

If you are tempted, adult tickets cost €7, while children get free admission.

Never been Amsterdam before? Check out our round-up of the best things to see and do in the city (including its non-cat themed museums).

It can make for a budget-friendly city break too, from the cheap hotels on offer to the vibrant nightlife with cheap and cheerful bars.

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