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Pet Friendly Museums To Enjoy With Your Travel Buddy

Do you have a cultured cat or dog who enjoys visiting pet-friendly museums? Bravo!

With pet-friendly museums all over the country, you’re likely to find one that will intrigue you and your furry travel companion on your next vacation.

Visiting a pet-friendly museum is a great way to make the most of your vacation. (woman and golden retriever in front of ornate gate)

AnnMarie Sculpture Garden is one pet-friendly museum that’s worth the trip.

 

Which Museums Are Pet-Friendly

Let’s face it, the Museum of Delicate Breakables is not likely to welcome pets. And even if they did, I wouldn’t take my friendly golden retriever, Honey, with her floofy tail there. Would you?

But in our travels, we’ve enjoyed taking Honey to pet-friendly museums. Most (but not all) museums that allow pets have outdoor exhibits. And these pet-friendly museums come in a surprisingly wide range of settings:

  • neighborhood historic districts
  • sculpture gardens
  • ghost towns/abandoned mining towns
  • transportation museums
  • historic estates
  • living history sites
  • state parks with historic sites
  • maritime museums
  • educational farms, and more.

Well-behaved pets and their people will run out of vacation time before they run out of museums to visit!

St Michael's Maritime Museum is one of many that are pet-friendly. (golden retriever lying down at maritime exhibit)

The rules are simple at the St Michael’s Maritime Museum–if there’s no carpet on the floor, your pet is allowed to enter a building.

Rules For Pet-Friendly Museums

All museums require you to leash your pet, clean up after her, and make sure she is a polite visitor. You and your pet can enjoy walking the grounds and viewing outdoor exhibits—most museums don’t allow pets indoors. They also ask that you don’t leave pets unattended.

Plan your trip with a friend, and you can take turns stepping inside buildings and taking care of your pets.

A few museums do allow pets and therapy animals indoors (service dogs are always allowed to accompany their people in museums). You’ll find a note beside those museums in the listing below.

Maritime museums like one in St Michael's are often pet-friendly (golden retriever at wheel of wooden boat).

You should also note that many of the living history and farm museums have livestock animals. A museum with free-range chickens is not the best place to take dogs with a strong prey-drive—even if the rules allow pets on the premises. Be considerate and don’t put your dog in a position that is beyond his or her capabilities.

Below is a list of all the pet-friendly museums you will find when you search GoPetFriendly.com.

 

Pet-Friendly Museums By State

The following states have at least one pet-friendly museum. Click to go right to your state listing, or keep reading for a complete list of museums you can visit with your pet.

Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Florida
Illinois
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
New Jersey
New Mexico
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin
Washington, DC

Arizona

Pima Air & Space Museum – Tucson, Arizona

Pioneer Living History Museum – Phoenix, Arizona

Arkansas

Ozark Folk Center – Mountain View, Arkansas

 

California

Bodie State Historic Park – Bridgeport, California (pet policy)

California State Railroad Museum – Sacramento, California

Calico Ghost Town – Yermo, California

Columbia State Historic Park – Columbia, California

El Pueblo de Los Angeles – Los Angeles, California 

Empire Mine State Historic Park – Grass Valley, California (pet policy)

La Purísima Mission State Historic Park – Lompoc, California

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park – Placerville, California

Old Sacramento State Historic Park – Sacramento, California

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park – Jamestown, California

San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park – San Francisco, California (pet policy)

San Juan Bautista State Historic Park – San Juan Bautista, California (pet policy)

Santa Cruz Surfing Museum – Santa Cruz, California

Traveltown Museum – Las Angeles, California

Western Railway Museum – Suisun City, California

Will Rogers State Historic Park – Pacific Palisades, California (pet policy)

Kinetic art at the dog-friendly AnnMarie Sculpture Garden.

Kinetic art at the AnnMarie Sculpture Garden.

Colorado

Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site – La Junta, Colorado (pet policy)

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site – Colorado (pet policy)

Miramont Castle – Manitou Springs, Colorado

South Park City – Fairplay, Colorado

Connecticut

Mystic Seaport – Mystic, Connecticut

Connecticut's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Mystic Seaport | GoPetFriendly.com

Buster and Ty at Mystic Seaport

Remember when Buster and Ty visited pet-friendly Mystic Seaport? It was a ball!

Florida

Apalachicola Maritime Museum – Appalachiola, Florida

Spanish Military Hospital Museum – St. Augustine, Florida

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park – Cross Creek, Florida (Small dogs may be carried in the house museum.)

Chicken at the dog-friendly Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings House Museum.

The Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings House Museum has free-ranging fowl. Some dogs might find them a major distraction.

Illinois

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park – University Park, Illinois

Iowa

Living History Farms – Urbandale, Iowa

Kansas

Brown County Agriculture Museum – Hiawatha, Kansas

Kentucky

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill – Harrodsburg, Kentucky

 

Maine

Seashore Trolley Museum – Kennebunkport, Maine

Maryland

Annapolis Maritime Museum – Annapolis, Maryland

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum – St. Michael’s, Maryland (Pets are allowed in all buildings that are not carpeted.)

Historic London Town & Garden – Edgewater, Maryland

AnnMarie Sculpture Garden – Solomons, Maryland

Flying pig sculpture at pet-friendly AnnMarie Sculpture Garden.

No, you don’t have to wait for pigs to fly before your pet is invited into an art museum.

Historic St. Mary’s City – St. Mary’s City, Maryland (pet policy)

Massachusetts

deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum – Lincoln, Massachusetts

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm – Newbury, Massachusetts

Waters Farm – Sutton, Massachusetts (pet policy)

Michigan

Crossroad’s Village & Huckleberry Railroad – Flint, Michigan

Minnesota

Historic Forestville – Forestville, Minnesota

Missouri

AKC Museum of the Dog – St. Louis, Missouri (Polite dogs are welcome to join you inside the museum.)

Laumier Sculpture Park – St. Louis, Missouri (pet policy)

Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park – Kansas City, Missouri

 

Montana

Montana Grizzly Encounter – Bozeman, Montana

Nebraska

Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer – Grand Island, Nebraska

New Jersey

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum – Cape May, New Jersey (Leashed pets are welcome to join their people inside the airplane hangar.)

Historic Cold Spring Village – Cape May, New Jersey (pet policy)

New Mexico

International UFO Museum & Research Center – Roswell, New Mexico (Polite pets are allowed inside the museum and gift shop.)

Kit Carson Home & Museum – Taos, New Mexico

Toby the Bulldog at the International UFO Museum in Roswell, New Mexico

Toby at the International UFO Museum

North Carolina

Artivity on the Green – Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site – Flat Rock, North Carolina (pet policy)

Cradle of Forestry in America – Brevard, North Carolina

Bethabara Historic District – Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Holmes Educational State Forest – Hendersonville, North Carolina

Jordan Lake Educational State Forest – Apex, North Carolina

Historic Latta Plantation – Huntersville, North Carolina

North Carolina Museum of Art – Raleigh, NC

Old Salem Historic Park – Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest – Purlear, North Carolina

Turnbull Creek Educational State Forest – Elizabethtown, North Carolina

Tuttle Educational State Forest – Lenoir, North Carolina

Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park – Wilson, North Carolina

North Dakota

Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site – Willsiton, North Dakota (pet policy) (Pets are allowed in all buildings except for the Bourgeois House Visitor Center.)

Knife River Indian Villages – Stanton, North Dakota

North Dakota's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Knife River Indian Villages | GoPetFriendly.com

Buster and Ty at Knife River Indian Villages

Learn more about Buster and Ty’s favorite attraction in North Dakota, pet-friendly Knife River Indian Villages!

Ohio

Caesar’s Creek Pioneer Village – Waynesville, Ohio

Gorman Heritage Farm – Evandale, Ohio (pet policy)

Historic Roscoe Village – Coshocton, Ohio

Malabar Farm State Park – Lucas, Ohio

Oregon

Dorris Ranch Living History Farm – Springfield, Oregon

Pennsylvania

Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation – (Ridley Creek State Park) Newtown Square, Pennsylvania

Conrad Weiser Homestead – Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania

Daniel Boone Homestead – Birdsboro, Pennsylvania

Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site – Elverson, Pennsylvania (pet policy)

 

Rhode Island

South County Museum – Narragansett, Rhode Island (pet policy)

South Carolina

Living History Farm at Kings Mountain State Park – Blacksburg, South Carolina

Tennessee

National Bird Dog Museum – Grand Junction, Tennessee

Homeplace 1850s Working Farm – Dover, Tennessee (pet policy)

Texas

Texas Transportation Museum – San Antonio, Texas

Utah

Wheeler Historic Farm – Murray, Utah

Virginia

Chippokes Farm and Forestry Museum – Surry, Virginia

Colonial Williamsburg – Williamsburg, Virginia

Frontier Culture Museum – Staunton, Virginia (pet policy) (Pets are allowed in the courtyard and picnic area but not in exhibit areas. Kennels are available for a small fee.)

Henricus Historical Park – Chester, Virginia

Historic Jamestowne – Jamestown, Virginia (pet policy)

Mount Vernon – Mount Vernon, Virginia (pet policy)

McCormick’s Farm & Workshop – Raphine, Virginia

McCallum More Museum & Gardens – Chase City, Virginia

Virginia's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Colonial Williamsburg | GoPetFriendly.com

Buster and Ty in Colonial Williamsburg

See what Buster and Ty enjoyed most on their visit to pet-friendly Colonial Williamsburg!

Washington

Olympia Sculpture Park – Seattle, Washington

Wisconsin

Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park – Danbury, Wisconsin (pet policy) (Pets are not allowed in any of the buildings at the park including the visitor center, museums and trading posts.  An exception may be made for small lap dogs that are carried and not creating a disturbance for other people taking the tour.)

Washington DC

The National Mall

Washington D.C.'s Top Pet Friendly Attractions: The National Mall | GoPetFriendly.com

Buster and Ty on the National Mall

Learn more about Buster and Ty’s trip to the pet-friendly National Mall!

Why Visit A Museum With Your Pet?

Museums are stimulating for you and your pet. You can learn by viewing exhibits and taking tours. Your dog gets some exercise, an opportunity to work on her training in a new environment, and enjoy sniffing somewhere new. It’s a great way to enjoy yourselves outdoors and do something different. 

Why wait? Check out a pet-friendly museum today!

Do you know of other pet-friendly museums? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll add them to the list!

Honey the golden retriever poses near a sculpture at the dog-friendly AnnMarie Sculpture Garden.

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  • Jo says:

    Took my ferret (Marcuz) to the International UFO Museum & Research Center he loved checking out all of the walls and I believe he was the first ferret to tour there.

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