· By Herb Lester

Kattenkabinet, Amsterdam

Extract from Supertime Amsterdam.

In the so-called Golden Bend, the canal belt’s most prestigious stretch, resides this peculiar cat-themed collection, occupying five grandiose rooms on the first floor among lawyers’ and bankers’ offices. Bob Meijer created the museum in 1990, in memory of his ginger tom John Pierpont Morgan. Works by the likes of Picasso, Rembrandt, Willink, Van der Elsken and Toulouse-Lautrec highlight the role cats have played in our society. There’s even an Egyptian cat mummy, while several healthy 21st-century felines idle amid the exhibits.

Herengracht 497
Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun: 12noon-5pm

Photo by Ian Gallagher