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Cincinnati, Ohio: Lucky Cat Museum

A collection of over 2,000 Japanese waving cats, including original Lucky Cat pieces from artists around the world. The owner has a day job elsewhere, so the museum is open by advance appointment only.

Maneki Neko Museum

2511 Essex Place, Cincinnati, OH
Maneki Neko Museum. Housed in the Essex Studios. I-71 southbound exit 3. At the top of the ramp turn left onto Essex Place. Essex Studios will quickly appear on the right.
W-Sa 3-6. Call first; by appt only. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Free, donations welcome.
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Lucky Cat Museum.

Lucky Cat Museum

The museum is tucked away in an art studio! Have to ring a bell out front to have them come and unlock the door.

[Jen, 10/11/2018]

Lucky cats.

Lucky Cat Museum

Access to Essex Studios isn't always easy. An artist had to let us in a locked side door. You can call the number or check the lot for the owner's cat-themed vehicle.

Once inside, go through the black double doors next to the little couch and cowhide rug. Continue down the hallway, past the vending machines, down another hallway to the right. You'll see the awning and lanterns. She said she tries to have a sign outside, but it gets taken down.

There's a mind-boggling amount of luck cats and lots of "paws-on" interactivity. The proprietor has all kinds of information and history. Bring quarters for the golden egg machine!

[Kitsa, 08/14/2017]

Lucky cats.

Lucky Cat Museum

Most everyone recognizes Maneki Neko (Japan's "Lucky Cat"). Asian restaurants often have the happy waving cat greeting customers. The Cincinnati Lucky Cat Museum has over 700 of these fortunate felines on display. Some are waving, some are not. Some are lefties, some righties, and some use both paws to invite luck. One interesting display features original Lucky Cat pieces from artists around the world. There are antiques, toys, designer vinyl, and modern exhibits. Whether you love cats, Asian culture, or just oddball museums, this is a good place to "get lucky."

[Shelley Berman, 02/24/2014]

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