The Catship Museum opened on April 21, 2018.
The owner of the museum , who has lived with many cats, precious partners of her life, wishes other feline lovers to enjoy her valuable collection and started the Catship Museum at the serene place full of green. It stands quietly down a narrow alley.
In the vicinity of this museum, you can visit Kaidan-in, Nigatsu-do, and the site of an ancient lecture hall of Todaiji. In addition to them, there are carefully planned and well kept gardens called Isui-en and Yoshiki-en from which Wakakusa-yama hill can be observed as part of the gardens. The Catship Museum stands in the midst of such historic places which are fantastically beautiful at the season of cherry blossoms in spring and also of colored maple leaves in fall. In front of the Catship Museum, there are a cherry-blossom tree and maple trees!
Wild deer, which are descendants of a messenger deer for the god of Kasuga-shrine, are regular visitors to the museum. They enjoyed eating up our hydrangea!
The museum building is a reformed 94-year-old second storied house. It is small but is filled with hand-made artworks created by the owner of the museum and her collection of great artworks of Japan and of overseas.
Among the exhibits, a complete set of gacha of cats which are now very difficult to purchase. They are very elaborately made and amusing.
Artworks on display change from time to time. The museum has a small library corner of picture books, novels, essays and comic books which are all related to cats.
You can purchase the owner's handmade goods, shawls and bags dyed with natural material and hand-woven by the owner of the museum, goods related to cats including vintage materials selected by the owner of the museum, and photo postcards of the Catship Museum.
The Catship Museum is made to offer opportunities the visitors to enjoy the pleasurable time surrounded by artworks featuring all kinds of cats.
Albert Schweitzer wrote that there ate two ways to escape from troubles and difficulties: they are music and cats.