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The Cat Cabinet: A Museum for Cat Lovers and Art Enthusiasts Alike

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Are you a cat lover? The Cat Cabinet (in Dutch: Het Kattenkabinet) can help you get your feline fix. This museum features an impressive collection of art of the feline persuasion. This small museum can be found along the Herengracht in the Golden Bend of the canal.

Kattenkabinet - pandCats have long been the subject of artwork all over the world. These agile and mysterious creatures were worshipped by the ancient Egyptians. Their insatiable curiosity and fierce personalities make for a beloved pet. The Kattenkabinet appeals not only to cat lovers, but to those who appreciate art in general. Art lovers who are spending some time in Amsterdam will find that this museum is certainly worth the trip.

Museum History

The museum was founded in 1990 by William Meijer. Meijer was a wealthy man who wanted to preserve the memory of his beloved tomcat named John Pierpont Morgan. Not coincidently, the cat was named after the famed American banker J.P. Morgan. Meijer describes John Pierpont Morgan as headstrong and stubborn. The cat lived from 1966 until 1983.

William Meijer lives on the second floor of the museum. The Cat Cabinet is also home to five cats, which should come as no surprise considering the museum’s lighthearted nature. The building the museum is housed in was built in 1667 for William and Adrian van Loon. Throughout history, the house has been rebuilt and renovated several times.

Exploring the Museum Collection

Kattenkabinet - binnenThe museum’s collection consists of artworks depicting cats and includes paintings, photographs, drawings, sculptures, lithographs, playbills and more.

The museum takes a serious but fun approach by displaying their collection in such a professional way that visitors can’t help but chuckle or grin while walking through. The Cat Cabinet often collaborates with the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmusuem to display special works of art. Notable items in the collection include:

  • Jachttableau by Henriëtte Ronner-Knip
  • Chat avec les fleurs by Nicolas Tarkhoff
  • Zittende kat by Edouard Marcel Sandoz

Although the museum is small in size, its collection is quite impressive. Works featured are created by famous “cat painters,” including:

  • Hildo Krop
  • Jean-Paul Vroom
  • Theophile Steinlen
  • Donald Brun
  • Ed van der Elsken
  • Ke-es Kelfkens
  • Sal Meijer
  • Han van Meegeren
  • Foujita
  • Carel Willink
  • Viktor IV
  • Leonor Fini

Visitor Information

The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10AM until 4PM. On Saturday and Sunday, The Kattenkabinet is open from 12AM until 5PM.

Admission Fees:

  • Children 4 years of age younger: Free
  • Children aged 4-12: € 3
  • Adults: € 6