Hi everyone ! We are very lucky to have Cat Scout Maggie here with a guest post.
Hello, everyone! A few weeks ago my roommate Felix told you about a couple of cat museums in Holland and Singapore. Today, I’ll share news about three cat museums right here in the States!
“If man could be crossed with the cat it would improve man, but would deteriorate the cat.” Mark Twain
The Cat Museum of San Francisco is dedicated to exploring the relationship between people and their feline friends. They are a fairly new museum (founded in 2010), and don’t have walls, but they have an active exhibition program and a fun website. Their mission is to collect, exhibit and interpret various objects related to the CAT.
Visit them and read about our Egyptian ancestors and more at www.catmuseumsf.org.
The Egyptians came to associate the cat with the Goddess Bastet, with the image of the Goddess taking the form of a cat or a woman with the head of a cat. The cat itself became the living representative of the “Cat Goddess” within the Egyptian home, so much so that killing a cat was punishable by death. The cats’ nocturnal habits, reproductive abilities, protective/nurturing instincts and hunting skills all attached themselves to the Egyptian and later Greek and Roman Goddesses.
Next are two museums in Ohio.
The Feline Historical Museum, in Alliance OH, founded by the Cat Fanciers’ Association
One of its highlights is the Frank Lloyd Wright Cat House. The 4-foot square piece was designed in 1954 specifically for a cat belonging a young girl. The design by Thomas Olsen, the site supervisor, was created under the direction of Frank Lloyd Wright, who had described his vision during a phone call with Olsen. Today, Wright (1867-1959) is recognized as the greatest American architect of all time, and the cat house is considered as one of his more unique designs.
On February 1, 2012 the Feline Historical Museum opened its first special collection featuring the Maneki Neko, commonly called the Japanese Welcoming Cat. These cats are recognized worldwide and are thought to bring good luck and fortune to those who keep them in their business establishment or home.