Do you have a sophisticated cat or dog who enjoys visiting pet friendly museums? Bravo! You’re going to love this post!
Pet friendly museums can be found all over the country. In fact, it’s likely that you’ll find one to visit with your furry travel buddy on your next vacation.
Which museums are pet friendly?
Let’s face it, the Museum of Delicate Breakables is not likely to welcome pets. And even if it did, I wouldn’t take my floofy-tailed golden retriever there. Would you?!
But in our travels, we’ve enjoyed several pet friendly museums with our dog, Honey. Most (but not all) museums that welcome pets have outdoor exhibits. And these pet friendly museums can be found in a 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!
Rules For Pet Friendly Museums
All museums require you to leash and clean up after your pet. Generally, you and your pet can enjoy the grounds and view the outdoor exhibits. Most museums don’t allow pets inside. They also ask that you don’t leave pets unattended. So plan your trip with a human friend and you can take turns looking inside buildings and taking care of the pets.
A few museums do allow pets indoors. You’ll find a note beside those museums in the listing below. Of course, service dogs are always allowed to accompany their people in museums.
It’s also important to note that many of the living history and farm museums have animals. A museum with free-range chickens probably isn’t the best place to take a dog with a strong prey-drive—even if the rules allow pets. Be considerate and don’t put your dog in a position that is beyond his or her capabilities.
Below is a list of pet friendly museums you will find on the GoPetFriendly website.
Pet Friendly Museums By State
The following states have at least one pet friendly museum. Click to go right to your state, or keep reading for a complete list of museums you can visit with your pet.
Pima Air & Space Museum – Tucson, AZ
Pioneer Living History Museum – Phoenix, AZ
Ozark Folk Center – Mountain View, AR
California State Railroad Museum – Sacramento, CA
Calico Ghost Town – Yermo, CA
Columbia State Historic Park – Columbia, CA
El Pueblo de Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA
La Purísima Mission State Historic Park – Lompoc, CA
Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park – Placerville, CA
Old Sacramento State Historic Park – Sacramento, CA
Palm Springs Air Museum – Palm Springs, CA
**Leashed pets are welcome to join their people inside the building.**
Railtown 1897 State Historic Park – Jamestown, CA
Santa Cruz Surfing Museum – Santa Cruz, CA
Traveltown Museum – Los Angeles, CA
Western Railway Museum – Suisun City, CA
Benson Sculpture Garden – Loveland, CO
Chapungu Sculpture Park – Loveland, CO
Miramont Castle – Manitou Springs, CO
South Park City – Fairplay, CO
Mystic Seaport – Mystic, CT
Remember when Buster and Ty visited pet friendly Mystic Seaport? It was a ball!
Apalachicola Maritime Museum – Appalachiola, FL
Spanish Military Hospital Museum – St. Augustine, FL
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park – Cross Creek, FL
**Small dogs may be carried in the house museum.**
Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park – University Park, IL
Living History Farms – Urbandale, IA
Brown County Agriculture Museum – Hiawatha, KS
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill – Harrodsburg, KY
Seashore Trolley Museum – Kennebunkport, ME
Annapolis Maritime Museum – Annapolis, MD
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum – St. Michael’s, MD
**Pets are allowed inside all buildings that are not carpeted.**
Historic London Town & Garden – Edgewater, MD
AnnMarie Sculpture Garden – Solomons, MD
deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum – Lincoln, MA
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm – Newbury, MA
Waters Farm – Sutton, MA
Crossroad’s Village & Huckleberry Railroad – Flint, MI
Historic Forestville – Forestville, MN
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minneapolis, MN
Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park – Kansas City, MO
Montana Grizzly Encounter – Bozeman, MT
Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer – Grand Island, NE
Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum – Cape May, NJ
**Leashed pets are welcome to join their people inside the hangar.**
International UFO Museum & Research Center – Roswell, NM
**Polite pets are allowed inside the museum and gift shop.**
Kit Carson Home & Museum – Taos, NM
Artivity on the Green – Winston-Salem, NC
Cradle of Forestry in America – Brevard, NC
Bethabara Historic District – Winston-Salem, NC
Holmes Educational State Forest – Hendersonville, NC
Jordan Lake Educational State Forest – Apex, NC
Historic Latta Plantation – Huntersville, NC
North Carolina Museum of Art – Raleigh, NC
Old Salem Historic Park – Winston-Salem, NC
Rendezvous Mountain Educational State Forest – Purlear, NC
Turnbull Creek Educational State Forest – Elizabethtown, NC
Tuttle Educational State Forest – Lenoir, NC
Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park – Wilson, NC
Knife River Indian Villages – Stanton, ND
Learn more about Buster and Ty’s favorite North Dakota attraction, pet friendly Knife River Indian Villages!
Caesar’s Creek Pioneer Village – Waynesville, OH
Historic Roscoe Village – Coshocton, OH
Malabar Farm State Park – Lucas, OH
Dorris Ranch Living History Farm – Springfield, OR
Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation – (Ridley Creek State Park) Newtown Square, PA
Conrad Weiser Homestead – Womelsdorf, PA
Daniel Boone Homestead – Birdsboro, PA
Living History Farm at Kings Mountain State Park – Blacksburg, SC
National Bird Dog Museum – Grand Junction, TN
Homeplace 1850s Working Farm – Dover, TN
Texas Transportation Museum – San Antonio, TX
Wheeler Historic Farm – Murray, UT
Chippokes Farm and Forestry Museum – Surry, VA
Colonial Williamsburg – Williamsburg, VA
See what Buster and Ty enjoyed most on their visit to pet friendly Colonial Williamsburg!
Henricus Historical Park – Chester, VA
McCormick’s Farm & Workshop – Raphine, VA
McCallum More Museum & Gardens – Chase City, VA
Olympia Sculpture Park – Seattle, WA
San Juan Islands Sculpture Park – San Juan Island, WA
Forts Folle Avoine Historical Park – Danbury, WI (pet policy)
**Pets are not allowed in any of the buildings at the park. Exceptions may be made for small lap dogs that are carried and not disturbing for other people on the tour.**
Learn more about Buster and Ty’s trip to the pet friendly National Mall!
Why Visit A Museum With Your Pet?
Museums can be fun for you and your pet. While you’re learning from the exhibits and tours, your dog gets a chance to work on her training in a new environment and sniff a new place.
It’s a great way to do more together. So, why wait? Check out a pet friendly museum today!
Do you know of other pet friendly museums not included in our list? Share them in the comments below and we’ll add them!
Planning a trip of your own? Get tips for taking your furry travel buddy on a cross-country road trip!