Sylva, North Carolina: American Museum of the House Cat Team Field Report

4704 US Hwy 441, Sylva, NC
US Hwy 74 exit 81A in Sylva. Drive south about five miles on US Hwy 23/441. The museum will be on the right, in the Antique Mall.
Tu-Sa 10-5, Su 12-5 (Call to verify)
Adults $7.50
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American Museum of the House Cat.

American Museum of the House Cat
America's largest private collection of cat stuff, opened on April 1, 2017. Small museum with a number of surprising oddities. Report... [07/09/2017]

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American Museum of the House Cat

Great museum in part of an old school that is now an antiques mall. Two large rooms at the end are the Cat Museum. The owner is an 83-year-old retired biology teacher who gives personal tours. He has all kinds of cat art, figurines, cat carnival games and merry go round items, even a medieval mummified feline. He is enthusiastic, and all proceeds from the museum go to his humane cat rescue.

[Randy Blankenship, 09/03/2018]

American Museum of the House Cat.

American Museum of the House Cat

Enter and pay at the antique business attached to the building. Harold gave us the full tour and it was amazing. He's been collecting cat items for over 30 years. Highly recommend for all the cat lovers out there. Admission to the museum goes toward running Harold's cat sanctuary.

[Amy, 08/22/2017]

Cat musicians.

American Museum of the House Cat

Lots and lots and lots of cat stuff - from advertising to paintings, stuffed to glass, toys to collectibles, even a mummified cat and a petrified cat (found in the chimney when a building from the 1500s was torn down). Had a personalized tour led by Harold (museum director and collector). I could probably pick an item anywhere in there and he could tell the history of either that specific piece or the type of piece. Very enjoyable stop.

[Jeff, 06/27/2017]
American Museum of the House Cat

Harold Sims shares his private collection of antique and ancient cat items. He is known as Catman in the area because he has a (no kill) cat shelter nearby that is a house just for cats. He loves leading visitors through his interesting variety of cat items. Very educational and fun.

[Kelly Jewell Timco, 05/07/2017]

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