New in 2017 is a must stop for cat lovers. The American Museum of the House Cat near Dillsboro opened on April 1st. Their two rooms are packed with 10,000+ 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.
On most days, Harold will be there to share interesting tidbits about items that fascinate you. 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.
You can't see a petrified cat just anywhere - and it still has its whiskers!
Admission is $5/person, $2/children under 12. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 12-5. All profits from the museum go to the Catman2 Shelter, a unique cage-free no-kill cat adoption center.