Dog-Friendly Movie and TV Museums

Posted by Lauren Barker

Lights, camera, action! Across the U.S., furry cinephiles are invited to visit a variety of museums dedicated to the art of motion pictures. From personal collections of iconic props, costumes and memorabilia to galleries honoring stars of the big screen, these movie and TV Museums welcome Fido in for a tour.

Super Museum and Gift Store

Metropolis, IL
"This looks like a job for Krypto." Photo by

Pups in search of “Truth, Justice and a Better Tomorrow” can find it at the Super Museum and Gift Store in Southern Illinois. After you take Fido’s photo in front of the 15-foot Superman statue outside, head into the gift shop to pick out souvenirs and introduce your super pup to the staff before entering the museum. Inside, you’ll see over 70,000 pieces of memorabilia from dozens of film and television shows as well as comics spanning multiple eras including some with Superman’s furry sidekick, Krypto.

Even furry superheroes need to eat. Walk just a few blocks to Fat Edd’s Roadhouse for a cheesesteak or pulled pork sandwich before calling it a night at Baymont by Wyndham Metropolis.

OZ Museum

Wamego, KS
"I can't come back, I don't know how it works!" Photo by BringFido/Kate

There’s no place like the OZ Museum, just off I-70 on “The Road to Oz” in Wamego. You “and your little dog too” are welcome in the museum which houses over 2,000 artifacts. Small pups that can be carried (in a picnic basket or not) are permitted in the museum, while larger dogs are invited inside the gift shop to purchase their own plush Toto to cuddle. Museum highlights include hand-jeweled ruby slippers created for the 50th anniversary of the movie, illustrated pages from the 1900 1st edition of “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, original movie posters and rare autographs. You’ll also see artifacts such as the original 1939 movie production notes, a death certificate signed by the original Munchkin Coroner and much more!

Fans of Oz can continue their journey through Kansas to Dorothy’s House & the Land of Oz in Liberal and tour the replica Gale farmhouse. Stop along the way and spend the night at this home in Salina, Kansas’ best themed dog-friendly Airbnb, which features a floor-to-ceiling dining room mural of Dorothy and her friends on the Yellow Brick Road.

John Wayne: an American Experience

Fort Worth, TX
Two Dukes and a Buckshot. Photo by BringFido/Barbara

It’s no surprise that “Duke” was one of the most popular male dog names in 2023. There’s perhaps no one cooler to be named after, than John “The Duke” Wayne. While visiting the Fort Worth Stockyards with Fido, don’t miss the opportunity to learn about this American icon at John Wayne: an American Experience. Leashed dogs are permitted inside the exhibit hall while you browse galleries of film props, costumes, never-before-seen family photos and more, including Wayne’s Academy Award for Best Actor in 1969’s “True Grit.” Throughout the museum, you’ll follow John Wayne’s life from childhood to Hollywood, learning about his family, life on screen and philanthropy along the way.

Grab a cold brew and a bite to eat on the indoor or outdoor patios of Second Rodeo Brewing, located inside the Stockyards. Then, rest up at Hotel Drover Autograph Collection.

Museum of Western Film History

Lone Pine, CA
"I'm looking for Dr. Schultz." Photo by @see_scout

For more fun film facts from the American West, travel with Fido to Lone Pine, CA and visit the Museum of Western Film History. Over 400 movies have been shot in this area known as the Alabama Hills. Take Fido on a drive through the dirt roads, once traversed by notable names like John Wayne, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. Inside the museum, you and your leashed pup can read facts and view exhibits from original Westerns and iconic roles like The Lone Ranger. Don’t miss the opportunity to snap Fido’s picture in front of a Graboid, the carnivorous underground creature from the 1990 Kevin Bacon cult classic, “Tremors”, and view items from more modern flicks like 2008’s “Iron Man”, which was filmed in the Alabama Hills. Be sure to stop by the gift shop before you leave and check out the pet section!

During your visit to the area, spend time exploring with Fido in Sequoia National Forest. Then live the life of a cowboy by staying in a tent, tipi or yurt at nearby Olancha RV Park and Motel.

Twister the Movie Museum

Wakita, OK
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Whether he prefers to chase storms or just his own tail, Fido will enjoy a visit to Twister the Movie Museum in the small town of Wakita, OK, home to Aunt Meg in the 1996 film. Housed in what was the office during the movie’s filming, this unique attraction will allow you to see Dorothy 1 from the original movie, plus behind-the-scenes videos, debris used in the film, and autographed items from the late Bill Paxton. The onsite gift shop sells t-shirts, mugs, plush cows and even Dorothy sensor Christmas ornaments to commemorate your visit. Just be sure to check the forecast before you visit!

When you depart Wakita, head over to Ponca City for dinner at the appropriately named Vortex Alley Brewing and try to avoid dreaming about tornadoes while you rest up at La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Ponca City.

Cooter’s Place

Nashville, TN
"Just a little bit more than the law would allow." Photo by

Good ole boys are invited to Cooter’s Place, a museum dedicated to the “Dukes of Hazzard” in the Opryland area of Nashville, TN. Furry fans of Bo, Luke and Daisy can tour this attraction run by Ben Jones, the actor who played mechanic Cooter Davenport on the 1979-85 television series. Inside the free museum, you’ll have access to pictures, props, costumes and memorabilia from the show, and for a fee, you and your pooch can pose for photos with Cooter's tow truck, Daisy's Jeep, Rosco's patrol car and of course, the iconic General Lee. You might even spot a large plush version of Sherrif Coltrane’s canine sidekick, Flash. The onsite gift shop has a wide selection of Dukes merchandise including collars, leashes and bandanas so your pup can remember his visit.

Fill up on pub grub at The Nashville Palace located next door to Cooter's. Then spend the night at Hampton Inn & Suites Nashville at Opryland and make it a weekend in Music City.

Southfork Ranch

Parker, TX
The World's Most Famous Ranch. Photo by

Fortunately, Fido won’t have to deal with any drama or conflicts while visiting Southfork Ranch in Parker, TX. Known as “The World’s Most Famous Ranch,” Southfork was once the fictional home of the Ewing Family on the TV show, “Dallas.” Leashed dogs are allowed to join you inside and out at the ranch, where power struggles and family rivalry kept audiences tuned in for 14 seasons from 1978-91. During your tour with Fido, you’ll see props and memorabilia like the gun that shot J.R., Lucy’s Wedding Dress, the Dallas Family Tree and Jock’s Lincoln Continental, just to name a few. Just make sure to keep Fido out of the pool!

After touring the ranch, head to BoomerJack's Grill & Bar Murphy for a delicious homemade burger and a side of wings on the outdoor patio. Then continue “pawndering” who shot J.R. while you rest up at The Sleepy Owl.

Paramount Ranch

Agoura Hills, CA
"Is Dr. Quinn a vet?" Photo by @adventuresofrescuedhuskies

Spend an afternoon hiking at Paramount Ranch in Southern California and make a stop at the old prop buildings used in many movies and television shows over the decades. While the Woolsey Fire in 2018 destroyed much of the Western Town, landmarks like the train depot used in the “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” series and the chapel used in HBO’s “Westworld” survived. Owned by the National Park Service since 1980, the area has still been used for movies like 2006’s Sandra Bullock drama, “The Lake House,” and 2014’s “American Sniper” starring Bradley Cooper. You may even spot filming in action while you’re there. While reconstruction is taking place in the park, you can take Fido for a walk along many paths like the Medicine Woman Trail and enjoy sweeping views of the countryside while reading about the history of film in the Santa Monica Mountains.

Fill up on mouth-watering barbeque at Tavern 101, just off the 101 Freeway, then call it a night at nearby Homewood Suites by Hilton Agoura Hills.

The Last Blockbuster

Bend, OR
Be kind. Rewind Photo by Blockbuster

The days of going to a video store to rent a movie might seem over, but the last remaining Blockbuster store in the world leaves us with the hope that we can still feel that nostalgia. While it may not be a museum per se, the location in Bend, OR will take you and Fido back to an era when hours were spent picking out the perfect flick. In addition to stocking new releases, classics and more available to rent, Fido can join you as you walk the aisles, browse a large selection of Blockbuster merchandise and experience the retro living room area, decorated to reflect a time in the not-so-distant past.

Keep the throwbacks going with a stay at McMenamins Old St. Francis School. This former Catholic schoolhouse is now home to classrooms-turned-lodging rooms and a pet-friendly restaurant.

Have you been to a movie or TV museum with your dog? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

Banner photo by BringFido/Becky.