Meet the ARTiCats of the WNCCatMuseun
Inside the American Museum of the House Cat you will trace the history of the house cat through the centuries. Ailurophile’s, or Cat Lovers, are fascinated and overjoyed upon entering. You will be introduced to Fine Art, Antiques and Collectables in this private multi media art collection. Let your eyes take you on a visual journey as you absorb the History of the Domesticated Feline as it travels the globe. From World Geography to how the Cat is used in modern day Advertising and Marketing, our docents will amaze you with stories and facts of how cats came to America.
The ARTiCats you will meet include Vintage Carousel Cats, the Chessie Cats of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway, and more. Yes, even Cartoon Cats make an appearance at the Museum of the House Cat. Our Museum Cats take on a life of their own inside the walls and you, our guest will want to revisit often as our collection changes and grows. We are a gallery for anyone who loves education, history, art history, and of course cats.
Our Museum holds another purpose in that it serves to educate the public about the care and welfare of Shelter Cats. Our Curator, Dr. Harold Sims, has dedicated his retirement years as an advocate for the Stray, Abandoned, Feral Cats of Jackson County, North Carolina. He began rescuing cats in the mid 1990’s and in 2002 opened the Catman2 Shelter, Western North Carolina’s largest No Kill, Cage Free, open concept Cat’s Only Shelter. The Catman, as the locals know him, is a humanitarian of animal rights. The shelter has taken in and adopted more than 4000 cats over the years. In 2017, working with Catman2 Inc, the Jackson County Animal Shelter successfully achieved the rank of a no kill shelter for cats as no healthy adoptable cats were put to sleep in the county shelter.
It is the mission of the American Museum of the House Cat to one day fund the Catman2 Shelter. Both the Museum and the Shelter are Non Profit 501(c)3 Organizations under Catman2, Inc. The museum is open yearly from April 1st to December 31st. During the operating season hours the museum is open are as follows: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00am - 5:00 pm and Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm. Tours of the museum last approximately and hour. The last guided tours each day begin at 4:00pm. Those coming in after 4:30pm to tour the museum will receive an abbreviated tour. During our off season, in the winter months of January, February and March, Private Tours are available by appointment only with a 48 hour notice. There will be No Saturday Tours in the Winter. Funds collected by the museum in the form of admission tickets and sales made through our Tabby Cat Souvenir Shop go directly to support the Catman2 Shelter after museum costs are met each month.
You Can Become A Patron of Our Museum or A Volunteer Museum Docent - Learn More by Calling 828.476.9376
Your Support Matters! You can become a supporter of the American Museum of the House Cat and the Catman2 Shelter. Would you like to become a Volunteer with the Museum? We are searching for the right individuals to become Volunteer Docents. Please contact us for more information about donations and volunteer opportunities. Visit our website for more information about membership opportunities and ways you can donate.
Hours Of Operation: Open Yearly April 1st - December 31st Tuesday - Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm Sunday 12:00pm-5:00pm Closed Each Monday Closed Thanksgiving Day Closed Christmas Day
2018 Admission: $7.50 - Adults $2.00 - Children Aged 6-12 Years FREE - Toddlers Under 6 Years and Babies
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Please wont you consider helping cover the costs of Scooby’s Move to his Adopted home? The American Museum of the House Cat, including the MuseumCats and ARTiCats are asking Cat Lovers to help with the moving costs and expenses to relocate Scooby Doo. You can contribute through this link: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?token=E36SS1nAclLepx-xNLCvgLUvvaFD-OQV4XYs-CkvKVxrsXDYE0odqOeTdAl3hfAtrp7zOW&country.x=US&locale.x=US
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