The museum’s founder, Bob Meijer, created the museum to pay homage to a very special ginger cat named John Pierpont Morgan that lived from 1966-1983. He was Meijer’s “stubborn, headstrong companion,” according to the museum’s website. Every five years, a new “present” is created to honor Morgan, perhaps the most quirky of which is a portrait of Morgan replacing George Washington on the American Dollar bill. It includes text that says “We Trust No Dog” in lieu of the “In God We Trust” verbiage on the real currency.
Cat Cabinet explores the role of cats in the human world through paintings, drawing and photography. Discover the cats of artists such as Picasso, Rembrandt and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, while visiting the real and very charming cats that live on the premises.