The Key Marco Cat Statue – Marco Island, Florida - Atlas Obscura

The Key Marco Cat Statue

Pay homage to a mysterious feline artifact outside of this Florida museum. 

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A tall statue of a cat creature stands out front of Florida’s Marco Island Historical Museum, a fascinating replica of a mysterious local artifact.

In 1896 a Smithsonian expedition to Marco Island began to excavate a muck-filled pond, known as the “Court of the Pile Dwellers.” In it they found, deep in the preserving muck below, the Key Marco Cat, a 6” wooden carving of a kneeling man-cat/cat-man, likely carved by the native Calusa people.

Today the original cat-person statuette remains at the Smithsonian institute. You can bask in the aura, history, and mystery of the cat, by visiting a giant replica of the artifact in the courtyard of the Marco Island Historical Museum.

Know Before You Go

The statue is in the courtyard of the Marco Island Historical Museum. Take Route 92/San Marco Road east from the main drag of Collier Blvd. and turn south onto Heathwood Drive; the museum will be on your right. The cat sits in front of the museum, you do not have to pay to view.