Do you have a sophisticated cat or dog who enjoys visiting pet friendly museums? Bravo! Pet friendly museums can be found all over the country. Read on to find one you can visit with your furry travel buddy on your next vacation!

Brindle dog in a red harnesses sitting in front of a sculpture at a pet friendly museum in Tulsa, OK
 

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!

Ty and Buster, the GoPetFriendly.com dogs, in front of a plane at the pet friendly Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, CA

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 recommend taking a dog there. Would you?!

But in our travels, we’ve found that most (not all) museums that have outdoor exhibits welcome pets. And these pet friendly museums can be found in a wide variety 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!

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 a pet friendly museum that’s worth the trip.
 

Rules For Pet Friendly Museums

All museums require you to leash and clean up after your pet. We wouldn’t expect anything less. And generally pets 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 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.

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.

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. Remember to 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

We’ve organized the list of pet friendly museums by state to make it easy for you to find one near you.

Arizona

Pima Air & Space Museum – Tucson, AZ

Pioneer Living History Museum – Phoenix, AZ

Quartzsite Museum – Quartzsite, AZ

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Deputy petting a bridle dog in Tombstone, AZ
 

Arkansas

Ozark Folk Center – Mountain View, AR

California

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

California State Railroad Museum – Sacramento, CA (pet policy)

Calico Ghost Town – Yermo, CA

Columbia State Historic Park – Columbia, CA

El Pueblo de Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA

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

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

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

Santa Cruz Surfing Museum – Santa Cruz, CA

Traveltown Museum – Los Angeles, CA

Western Railway Museum – Suisun City, CA

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

Ty and Buster, the GoPetFriendly.com dogs, in front of a plane at the pet friendly Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, CA
Palm Springs Air Museum in Palm Springs, California
 

Colorado

Benson Sculpture Garden – Loveland, CO

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

Chapungu Sculpture Park – Loveland, CO

Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings – Manitou Springs, CO
**Leashed pets are welcome to join their people inside the building.**

Miramont Castle – Manitou Springs, CO

Ouray County Ranch History Museum – Ridgway, CO

Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site – Colorado Springs, CO (pet policy)

South Park City – Fairplay, CO

Manitou Springs Cliff Dwellings in Manitou Springs, Colorado

Connecticut

Mystic Seaport – Mystic, CT

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Buster and Ty at Mystic Seaport
 

Florida

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.**

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, IL

Indiana

Mid-America Windmill Museum – Kendallville, IN

Dexter the Cocker Spaniel at the pet-friendly Mid-America Windmill Museum in Kendallville, IN

Iowa

Living History Farms – Urbandale, IA

Kansas

Brown County Agriculture Museum – Hiawatha, KS

 

Kentucky

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill – Harrodsburg, KY

Maine

Seashore Trolley Museum – Kennebunkport, ME

Maryland

Annapolis Maritime Museum – Annapolis, MD

AnnMarie Sculpture Garden – Solomons, 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

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

Kinetic art at the dog-friendly AnnMarie Sculpture Garden.
Kinetic art at the AnnMarie Sculpture Garden.
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Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum – St. Michael’s, Maryland
 

Massachusetts

deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum – Lincoln, MA

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm – Newbury, MA

Waters Farm – Sutton, MA

Flying pig sculpture at pet-friendly AnnMarie Sculpture Garden.
deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum – Lincoln, MA

Michigan

Crossroad’s Village & Huckleberry Railroad – Flint, MI

Minnesota

Historic Forestville – Forestville, MN

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minneapolis, MN

Missouri

Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park – Kansas City, MO

Laumier Sculpture Park – St. Louis, MO

National WWI Museum And Memorial – Kansas City, MO

Sculpture Park – Nelson-Atkins Museum – Kansas City, MO

Kansas City, Missouri
Path at one of the pet friendly museums in Kansas City, Missouri
 

Montana

Montana Grizzly Encounter – Bozeman, MT

Nebraska

Scotts Bluff National Monument – Gering, NE (pet policy)

Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer – Grand Island, NE

Black German Shepherd dog on a pet friendly trail at Scotts Bluff National Monument in Nebraska
Pet friendly Scotts Bluff National Monument – Gering, Nebraska
 

New Jersey

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

Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum – Cape May, NJ
**Leashed pets are welcome to join their people inside the hangar.**

New Mexico

International UFO Museum & Research Center – Roswell, NM
**Polite pets are allowed inside the museum and gift shop.**

Kit Carson Home & Museum – Taos, NM

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, NC

Bethabara Historic District – Winston-Salem, NC

Biltmore Estate – Asheville, NC

Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site – Flat Rock, NC (pet policy) Ask how your pet can become a Bark Ranger!

Cradle of Forestry in America – Brevard, NC

Historic Latta Plantation – Huntersville, NC

Holmes Educational State Forest – Hendersonville, NC

Jordan Lake Educational State Forest – Apex, NC

North Carolina Museum of Art – Raleigh, NC

Old Salem Museums & Gardens – 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

North Carolina's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: Biltmore Estate | GoPetFriendly.com
Pet friendly Biltmore Estate – Asheville, NC
 

North Dakota

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

Knife River Indian Villages – Stanton, ND

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Buster and Ty at Knife River Indian Villages

Ohio

Caesar’s Creek Pioneer Village – Waynesville, OH

Gorman Heritage Farm – Evandale, OH (pet policy)

Historic Roscoe Village – Coshocton, OH

Malabar Farm State Park – Lucas, OH

Oklahoma

Gardens at the Gilcrease Museum – Tulsa, OK

Brindle dog in red harness sitting on a rock in a flower garden at the pet friendly Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, OK
 

Oregon

Dorris Ranch Living History Farm – Springfield, OR

Pennsylvania

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

Conrad Weiser Homestead – Womelsdorf, PA

Daniel Boone Homestead – Birdsboro, PA

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

Old Bedford Village – Bedford, PA
(Open Thurs – Sunday, Memorial Day – Oct. 31)

Rhode Island

South County Museum – Narragansett, RI

South Carolina

Living History Farm at Kings Mountain State Park – Blacksburg, SC

Tennessee

National Bird Dog Museum – Grand Junction, TN

Homeplace 1850s Working Farm – Dover, TN

Land Between the Lakes, KY
 

Texas

Texas Transportation Museum – San Antonio, TX

Utah

Wheeler Historic Farm – Murray, UT

Virginia

Chippokes Farm and Forestry Museum – Surry, VA

Colonial Williamsburg – Williamsburg, VA

Frontier Culture Museum – Staunton, VA (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, VA

Historic Jamestowne – Jamestown, VA (pet policy)

McCallum More Museum & Gardens – Chase City, VA

McCormick’s Farm & Workshop – Raphine, VA

Mount Vernon – Mount Vernon, VA (pet policy)

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Posing for photos in Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia
 

Washington

Olympic Sculpture Park – Seattle, WA

San Juan Islands Sculpture Park – San Juan Island, WA

Seattle Center – Seattle, WA

Shafer Historical Museum – Winthrop, WA

The Center For Wooden Boats – Seattle, WA

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Wisconsin

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 other people on the tour.**

Washington DC

The National Mall

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Buster and Ty on the National Mall


Do you know of other pet friendly museums not included in our list? Share them in the comments below and we’ll add them!

Honey the golden retriever poses near a sculpture at the dog-friendly AnnMarie Sculpture Garden.
Pet friendly museums are a fun place to look for the unexpected.
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  • Along the lines of Colonial Williamsburg, Old Bedford Village in Bedford, PA. I had called years ago (more than 10) and informed they didn’t allow dogs. I had the opportunity to visit last summer and gave them a call, policies had changed and dogs were allowed!

    • Excellent! Thanks for your note, Catherine. We’ll add it to the list. Waggin’ trails to you!