Singapore's first-ever cat museum is opening its doors for a sneak preview at the end of December 2014.
Lion City Kitty: The Cat Museum, Muses & Mansion is located at 8 Purvis Street in the Bras Basah vicinity. Harry (featured in the top photo and as the middle cat in the drawing above), an ex-community cat, is the museum's chosen cross-eyed cat mascot because of his unique look.
Consisting of three floors, the museum is decked out with paraphernalia and nuggets of information about the history of cats from around the world along with curated cat-related visual artwork, photographs and commissioned pieces, some of which will be put on sale.
Besides being a social enterprise, the museum is a social experience where visitors are supposed to interact with cats that are housed there.
The museum is collaborating with the Cat Welfare Society, where selected cats will be put in a designated space on the third floor to allow them to socialise with other felines and humans in an environment that matches a home, so as to prepare them for potential adopters.
The museum's social mission is to educate the public about why they should always adopt instead of buy cats.
In the near future, there will also be "Lunchtime Kitten Therapy" sessions where visitors can de-stress by playing with cats in the kitten kindergarten.
The top floor currently houses the Mansion, a sprawling playground filled with toys and scratching posts for the nine resident cats, most of which were rescued and have background stories about how they ended up at the museum.
The museum is founded and self-funded by Jessica Seet, a former radio broadcaster, newscaster and director at MediaCorp Singapore with more than 20 years of experience, who is also currently the founder and principal coach of Art of Voice.
At the moment, sneak peeks are available Dec. 20, 21, 27 and 28 by reservation only. The museum will be open to the public from Jan. 9, 2015 onward.
The museum doesn't serve cafe food and kids under six years old get to enter for free.
Tickets cost $9 per person. Please make your reservation at [email protected].
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All photos by Ng Yi Shu unless stated otherwise.