A charming side trip in Amsterdam is a visit to De Katten Kabinet, a museum set up in an old mansion that is devoted to displaying art depicting cats. You’ll see everything here: paintings, prints, sculpture, movie posters-even a mummified pussy cat. The Egyptians loved their cats, too.
The story is that a rich Dutch banker wanted to do something to commemorate his beloved orange tabby John Pierpont Morgan (Tom for short). So he turned his house into a museum and put J.P.’s image on a fake dollar bill. This seems strangely appropriate cine De Katten Kabinet is located on Herengracht, a street in Amsterdam that is home to numerous banks and investment firms. On the other hand, I have yet to meet a cat who gives a fig about money.
After we went through the museum, we went into a back garden area where two kittens were engaged in some serious play.
And then out sauntered three chickens who were more concerned with sunning themselves than worrying about the kittens!
If you are a cat lover, De Katten Kabinet is worth a visit your next time in Amsterdam.
Herengracht 497 – 1017 BT Amsterdam