Attention cat lovers! The American Museum of the House Cat near Dillsboro opened in 2017. Their two rooms are packed with 5,000+ cat related curiosities, including many rare and fascinating antiques. In fact, a bronze of the feline goddess Bastet dates back to 600 BC! This is a showcase of 30 years of collecting by Dr. Harold Sims - aka CatMan2. Proceeds fund his nearby no-kill cat shelter. It's open April-December.
On most days, Harold will be there to share interesting tidbits about items that fascinate you. During your one-hour guided tour, see antique cat toys, collectibles from around the world, dolls, beer steins, cat art and even a Medieval petrified cat discovered in England. We especially love the carousel cats and carnival related items. Above are some mid-century Italian ceramic "spaghetti" kitties.
A big collection of wall art includes some Andy Warhols. This Cat Museum is one of only a few in the entire country dedicate to the love of felines.
You don't have to be a crazy old cat lady to enjoy (although you will see one on display). This authentic, quirky roadside stop will be the highlight of many vacations to western North Carolina.
The American Museum of the House Cat is in the historic Savannah School that also houses the big (and impressive) Old-School House Antique Mall. It's four miles south of artsy Dillsboro on US Highway 441 (see our Dillsboro guide). Street address: 4704 US Highway 441, Sylva NC. Phone: 828-293-7754.
Open April-December. Admission is $7.50/person, $2/children 6-12, under 6 free. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10 AM-5 PM and Sunday 12-5 PM. Last our begins at 4 PM. All profits from the museum go to the nearby Catman2 Shelter, a unique cage-free no-kill cat adoption center. Tours of the shelter available too.
You can't see a petrified cat just anywhere - and it still has its whiskers!