Does Fido share your love of learning? It might be time to bring your furry history buff to a pet-friendly museum. Most museums in the U.S. don't allow dogs, but we’ve gathered nine educational institutions where you can teach your pup about everything from aliens to colonial history.
1. Museum of Dog North Adams, MA
We have to begin our list of pet-friendly museums with the Museum of Dog in North Adams, MA. The 8,000-square-foot homage to canines houses a wide range of artwork, knickknacks and memorabilia, all dedicated to our furry friends. Bring your own Fido and ogle at more than 180 pieces, including original photographs, rare dog collars from the 1800s, sculptures by Mary Engel, antique Steiff dog hand puppets and more.
2. International UFO Museum & Research Center Roswell, NM
For an out-of-this-world experience, you and your pup need look no further than the International UFO Museum & Research Center in Roswell, NM. Roswell was the location of the infamous 1947 “Roswell Incident,” an alleged UFO crash, and the museum is committed to chronicling UFO events across the globe. Bring your leashed, well-behaved dog to the museum and explore decades of supernatural history, research and science. Before you leave, stop by the gift shop to bring home some memorabilia of your own.
3. Pima Air and Space Museum Tucson, AZ
Four-legged aviators are welcome at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, which offers an unparalleled aeronautical experience. The museum has 100,000 square feet of indoor display space and features an array of 350 aircraft and spacecraft. It’s one of the largest non-government funded aviation museums in the world, with aircraft from all over the globe and a special building dedicated to planes from World War II. Bring your leashed pup on a self-guided tour of aviation history. Dogs are not allowed on the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group Tour or the Pima Tram Tour.
4. Mystic Seaport Mystic, CT
Sail the seas with Fido at Mystic Seaport, the largest maritime museum in the U.S. Located in Mystic, CT, the museum covers 19 acres and features more than 500 historic watercraft as well as a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard and more. Check out the Charles W. Morgan, an 1844 whaleship which is America’s oldest remaining commercial ship. Leashed pets are welcome on the museum grounds but are not allowed in any buildings or museum vessels.
5. The History of Diving Museum Islamorada, FL
The History of Diving Museum in Islamorada invites you and your leashed canine buddy to explore the ocean blue. The museum features one of the world’s largest collections of diving equipment, including helmets, hand-operated air pumps, armored suits and lights from more than 30 countries around the world. You and Fido can learn about the history of military, commercial and recreational diving, and how diving has contributed to marine science, underwater photography and treasure hunting. When you’re done viewing the displays, stop at the gift shop to purchase a unique diving-related souvenir.
6. Seashore Trolley Museum Kennebunkport, ME
Choo choo with your pooch at the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, one of the oldest and largest transit museums in the world. Its permanent collection showcases the evolution and history of public transportation around the world, including omnibuses, electric streetcars, buses, light rail vehicles and rapid transit cars. Dogs are always welcome to explore the exhibits and attend special events. The museum is open from May to October.
7. Miramont Castle Museum Manitou Springs, CO
Is your dog the king of the household? Then he'll feel right at home at Miramont Castle Museum in Manitou Springs, CO. At this 19th century Victorian castle preserved by the Manitou Springs Historical Society, you and your pup can visit 30 beautiful rooms with authentic Victorian furnishings. Leashed dogs and cats are allowed to roam the castle and might even meet Chip the Castle Dog, Miramont's 15-year-old Golden Retriever.
8. Spanish Military Hospital Museum Saint Augustine, FL
Two- and four-legged history buffs will love taking a trip back in time at the pet-friendly Spanish Military Hospital Museum. Located inside a late 18th-century Spanish military hospital, this fascinating attraction offers 40-45 minute guided presentations of life in a Spanish colony and colonial medical practices. You can watch the resident apothecary use herbs to make medicines and witness surgical demonstrations as they were done back in the day. Dogs and cats are always welcome, and the museum receives pet guests almost daily.
9. Gilmore Car Museum Hickory Corners, MI
Life is a highway, and you and Fido will ride it all night long at the Gilmore Car Museum in Hickory Corners, MI. The museum chronicles the history of the automobile with a collection of more than 500 vehicles, including an 1899 Locomobile Steam Car. Along with its extensive car collection, the museum features a train depot, a Disney movie set, a 1930s gas station and a display of more than 1,500 automotive mascots and name badges. Leashed dogs are welcome on the museum grounds, but only pups that can be carried are allowed in the buildings.