Cat Cabinet - art for cat lovers
If you love cats, this remarkable museum in Amsterdam should be on your must-visit list.
The Cat Cabinet was founded in commemoration of the ginger cat John Pierpont Morgan (1966-1983), named after the famous American banker. This special cat was the stubborn, headstrong companion of the museum's founder, Bob Meijer.
The Cat Cabinet's interior
The private collection of the Cat Cabinet comprises paintings, drawings, photographs, prints and sculptures which show the role of the cat in art and culture through the centuries. It includes works by, among others, Pablo Picasso, Sal Meijer, Rembrandt and Henri de Toulouse L'Autrec. The museum often works together with the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum to display special works of art.
Rembrandt van Rijn - De heilige maagd met kind, kat en slang (1644)
The museum is situated in the "Golden Bend" of Amsterdam. It is housed on the first floor in a number of rooms with original period furniture - including the ballroom which has a fine ceiling painting from 1670.
Kattenkabinet in the Golden Bend of Herengracht
The houses at numbers 497 and 499 Herengracht date back to 1667 and were originally built for the van Loon brothers, part of a wealthy merchant family. The van Loons held the house at 497 until 1725 - since then it has seen a number of other notable occupants including former Amsterdam mayor Jan Calkoen and pensionary Engelbert van Berckel, who was visited here by then US ambassador John Adams.
The house was purchased by the current owner Bob Meijer in 1985 and was subsequently restored. He still lives on the second floor of the house along with his 5 resident cats.
How to get there?
〉 By tram: 1, 2 and 5 (stop Koningsplein); 4, 9 and (stop Muntplein); 14, 16, 24 and 25 (stop Herengracht)
Left: Rudyard Kipling (1902) - The cat that walked by himself
Left: Luba (1940-1950) Right: Stanislao Lepri - Tristan et Iseult (1954)
Left: Ed van der Elsken (1950-1954)
Right: Eric van den Elsen/Ronald Giphart - Birgit (2002)
Amsterdam (Canal Belt)
Gia Japaridze - Lenin met zijn kat (1942)
Maneki Neko (1800-1900)
Sal Meijer - Vreemde inhoud (1909)