Bastet

American Museum of the House Cat

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The exterior of the museum.
An antique kitty carousel on display. e1savage (Atlas Obscura User)

Cats have a regal bearing that seems to have fascinated human beings throughout history. Bastet, a feline goddess, was an important deity in ancient Egypt, most commonly represented by a sitting cat staring straight ahead. A bronze statue of the worshipped feline dating back to 600 BC is one of the highlights of the American Museum of…