A view of the main floor gallery of the AKC Museum of the Dog, celebrating dogs in art

The AKC Museum of the Dog, the country’s premier museum dedicated to all things dog, makes its return to New York City this January.

From the museum:
The AKC Museum of the Dog is home to one of the largest collections of dog art in the world and is an important part of the AKC’s history and future.

The AKC Museum of the Dog, founded in 1982, was originally housed in the New York Life Building, located at 51 Madison Avenue. In 1987, the museum was moved to a temporary space in the historic Jarville House, located in Queeny Park, West St. Louis County, MO.

Dogs in art
Corridor with famous movie posters featuring dogs

In early 2019, the museum will open its doors at 101 Park Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, marking the first time the museum will be located in NYC in 32 years. The newly designed space will house art from famous dog painters and sculptors like Sir Edwin Landseer, Maud Earl, and more. It also has a two-story glass vitrine that encases rare pieces.

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AKC Museum of the Dog main floor gallery with “Find Your Match” photo booths

It will also feature interactive exhibits that bridge the digital and physical and bring new life to the collection. The new museum spans two floors with a double-height atrium space at the stair. The gallery includes interactive exhibits such as a “Find Your Match” kiosk that takes your photo, aligning its likeness with an AKC-registered dog breed. A “Meet the Breeds” touchscreen table allows visitors to explore breeds’ physical features, traits, and history.

The museum also has an app where kids can interact with the exhibits with “Arty,” a virtual dog/tour guide, throughout the museum. It creates a new user experience for kids and kids at heart.

“It is exciting to bring this collection back to New York City,” says Alan Fausel, executive director, AKC Museum of the Dog. “This museum is a beautiful ode to man’s best friend, and we are thrilled to bring these pieces and exhibitions to new audiences.”

For more information on the AKC Museum of the Dog visit www.Museumofthedog.org.

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