The Cat Cabinet was founded in memory of the red cat John Pierpont Morgan (1966-1983). Throughout his life, this special cat was the idiosyncratic companion of Bob Meijer, the founder of the Cat Cabinet.
How to visit the Cat Cabinet with your City Card
It is not necessary to reserve a time slot to visit this location with your City Card. Make sure your City Card is valid at the time of your visit.
Poezenmuseum in honor of beloved hangover
Every lustrum in his life, jubilee Morgan received a gift: On his fifth birthday, Morgan was portrayed by Ansèl Sandberg. On his tenth birthday, the gift was a bronze statue, for which Morgan himself modeled. Unfortunately, this statue was stolen before the opening of the Cat Cabinet. A booklet was dedicated to him on his fifteenth birthday.
Museum in the Golden Bend
Standing in the 'Gouden Bocht' of the Herengracht with a view on the KattenKabinet, it is hard to imagine that the buildings with numbers 497 and 499 were once identical houses. The houses were built in 1667 for the brothers Willem and Adriaen van Loon. Willem was assigned number 497 and Adriaen number 499 by drawing lots. The property remained in the family until 1725. What followed was an impressive line of residents. Jan Calkoen lived there as mayor of Amsterdam and US president John Adams came to visit Engelbert van Berckel.
Would you like to visit the Cat Cabinet with a small group and become acquainted with the art on display? There is now the possibility to book a guided tour. This tour tells you more about the collection. Why is it that so many different artists throughout history include cats in their work?
The guide reveals the amazing life stories behind some of these artists as he leads you through an empty museum (the tour starts every Tuesday at 11am, one hour before the museum opens). The tour can be booked from 4 people to a maximum of 8 people. The tour is in English.