The American Museum of the House Cat

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The American Museum of the House Cat

EIN: 83-2370700


The American Museum of the House Cat is an Art Gallery located in the Smoky Mountains supporting Catman2, Inc., a cage free and no-kill cat shelter. Guests experience a multi-media art collection of feline antiquities from around the globe sure to delight the senses and transport them on a visual journey through the centuries as they learn a timeline of human and feline relations.

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Founder and President

Dr Harold Walter Sims Jr

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P.O. BOX 2344


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Children and youth


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Women and girls

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Museum & Museum Activities (A50)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

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This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.



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A Not So Concise History of the House Cat

Our museum offers an extensive walk through time from ancient Egypt to the present, educating our feline-adoring guests on our human relationship with cats and the many facets of their history. Our collection includes an Egyptian mummified kitten, art work by Louis Wain, and many other varieties of expression around the history of the domesticated cat.

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Founder and President

Dr Harold Walter Sims Jr

Dr. Harold W. Sims is a retired professor of education. After teaching biology for twenty-two years, he and his wife retired to the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina where they discovered a love of cats. This led Harold to open a no-kill-no-cage cats-only shelter, Catman2, a non-profit which has now existed for over twenty-five years. After the success of Catman2 Inc., Harold turned his attention toward another passion: art and antiques. These interests, married with his incurable love of the feline, inspired him to develop a separate non-profit, the American Museum of the House Cat that features his collection of over 5000 cat-related items from around the globe and spanning the ancient world to the present. The AMHC has operated since 2017. Closed during the pandemic, it reopened in a new location in 2023. Harold is an avid writer, having penned over six books of both prose and poetry for all ages that are inspired by the shelter and the museum.

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The American Museum of the House Cat

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Board co-chair

Dr Harold Sims

The American Museum of the HouseCat

Term: 2017 -

Board co-chair

Ms. Julie Kimbrell

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Term: 2023 -

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Julie KImbrell

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