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.
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:
Well-behaved pets and their people will run out of vacation time before they run out of museums to visit!
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.
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.
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.
Pima Air & Space Museum – Tucson, Arizona
Pioneer Living History Museum – Phoenix, Arizona
Ozark Folk Center – Mountain View, Arkansas
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
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
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum – Santa Cruz, California
Traveltown Museum – Las Angeles, California
Western Railway Museum – Suisun City, California
Miramont Castle – Manitou Springs, Colorado
South Park City – Fairplay, Colorado
Mystic Seaport – Mystic, Connecticut
Remember when Buster and Ty visited pet-friendly Mystic Seaport? It was a ball!
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.)
Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park – University Park, Illinois
Living History Farms – Urbandale, Iowa
Brown County Agriculture Museum – Hiawatha, Kansas
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill – Harrodsburg, Kentucky
Seashore Trolley Museum – Kennebunkport, Maine
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
deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum – Lincoln, Massachusetts
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm – Newbury, Massachusetts
Crossroad’s Village & Huckleberry Railroad – Flint, Michigan
Historic Forestville – Forestville, Minnesota
AKC Museum of the Dog – St. Louis, Missouri (Polite dogs are welcome to join you inside the museum.)
Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park – Kansas City, Missouri
Montana Grizzly Encounter – Bozeman, Montana
Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer – Grand Island, Nebraska
Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum – Cape May, New Jersey (Leashed pets are welcome to join their people inside the airplane hangar.)
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
Artivity on the Green – Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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
Knife River Indian Villages – Stanton, North Dakota
Learn more about Buster and Ty’s favorite attraction in North Dakota, pet-friendly Knife River Indian Villages!
Caesar’s Creek Pioneer Village – Waynesville, Ohio
Historic Roscoe Village – Coshocton, Ohio
Malabar Farm State Park – Lucas, Ohio
Dorris Ranch Living History Farm – Springfield, Oregon
Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation – (Ridley Creek State Park) Newtown Square, Pennsylvania
Conrad Weiser Homestead – Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania
Daniel Boone Homestead – Birdsboro, Pennsylvania
Living History Farm at Kings Mountain State Park – Blacksburg, South Carolina
National Bird Dog Museum – Grand Junction, Tennessee
Texas Transportation Museum – San Antonio, Texas
Wheeler Historic Farm – Murray, Utah
Chippokes Farm and Forestry Museum – Surry, Virginia
Colonial Williamsburg – Williamsburg, Virginia
Henricus Historical Park – Chester, Virginia
McCormick’s Farm & Workshop – Raphine, Virginia
McCallum More Museum & Gardens – Chase City, Virginia
See what Buster and Ty enjoyed most on their visit to pet-friendly Colonial Williamsburg!
Olympia Sculpture Park – Seattle, Washington
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.)
Learn more about Buster and Ty’s trip to the pet-friendly National Mall!
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!
Planning a road trip to visit several museums on this list? Get tips for taking your pet on a cross-country road trip!
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