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.

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

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!

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. 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.

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. 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.

Arizona

Pima Air & Space Museum – Tucson, AZ

Pioneer Living History Museum – Phoenix, AZ

Arkansas

Ozark Folk Center – Mountain View, AR

California

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

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

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)

Kinetic art at the dog-friendly AnnMarie Sculpture Garden.
Kinetic art at the AnnMarie Sculpture Garden.
 

Colorado

Benson Sculpture Garden – Loveland, CO

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

Chapungu Sculpture Park – Loveland, CO

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

Miramont Castle – Manitou Springs, CO

South Park City – Fairplay, CO

Connecticut

Mystic Seaport – Mystic, CT

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, 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

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

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum – St. Michael’s, MD
**Pets are allowed inside all buildings that are not carpeted.**

Maryland's Top Pet Friendly Attraction: The Chesapeake Bay | GoPetFriendly.com
 

Historic London Town & Garden – Edgewater, MD

AnnMarie Sculpture Garden – Solomons, MD

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

Massachusetts

deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum – Lincoln, MA

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.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm – Newbury, MA

Waters Farm – Sutton, MA

Michigan

Crossroad’s Village & Huckleberry Railroad – Flint, MI

Minnesota

Historic Forestville – Forestville, MN

Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minneapolis, MN

Missouri

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

Donald J. Hall Sculpture Park – Kansas City, MO

Montana

Montana Grizzly Encounter – Bozeman, MT

 

Nebraska

Stuhr Museum of the Prairie Pioneer – Grand Island, NE

New Jersey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rhode Island

South County Museum – Narragansett, RI (pet policy)

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

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!

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)

Mount Vernon – Mount Vernon, VA (pet policy)

McCormick’s Farm & Workshop – Raphine, VA

McCallum More Museum & Gardens – Chase City, VA

Washington

Olympia Sculpture Park – Seattle, WA

San Juan Islands Sculpture Park – San Juan Island, WA

San Juan Islands: A Pet Friendly Adventure | GoPetFriendly.com
 

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 for other people on the tour.**

Washington DC

The National Mall

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

Washington D.C.'s Top Pet Friendly Attractions: The National Mall | GoPetFriendly.com
Buster and Ty on the 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!

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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