Shawn Redner and Hilary Siegel-Redner said they remodeled the basement of their Menomonee Falls home so they could increase the number of cat figurines on display in the home, aka Redner’s rescued cat figurine Mewseum, from 4,000 in 2020 to 7,000 this July Year.
July 28 (News) — A Wisconsin couple turned their collection of more than 13,000 cat figurines and cat-themed artwork into a “Mewseum” to raise money for shelter cats.
“That’s all we do. This museum has taken over my life,” Redner told WTMJ-TV.
The couple offers tours of their home on the third Sunday of every month, or the fourth Sunday if there is a holiday, and proceeds from the tours are donated to local cat shelters.
The couple said their ultimate goal is to build a cat cafe and museum to house their collection, which includes 5,000 other pieces in storage.
“My goal is to hopefully move all of this into a cafe where we can have adoptable cats so visitors can have a cup of coffee and hopefully take a cat home, and then the museum will be a separate entity from the cafe .” said speaker.
The couple started collecting cat figurines in 2018 and now visit various thrift stores, flea markets and flea markets every weekend to find new pieces for their Mewseum.
The pair said they also hope to eventually take the Guinness World Record for largest collection of cat-related items. Carmen De Aldana, who owns 21,321 items, currently holds the record.