The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog will officially open its doors in New York City on February 8. The museum, which has spent 32 years in St. Louis, houses one of the world's most important collections of canine art.
The museum will open in a new space that has a two-story glass display case with rare porcelain and bronze figures, as well as a library where visitors can learn about their favorite breeds. The gallery will feature works from famous dog artists like Sir Edwin Landseer, Maud Earl, Arthur Wardle, and many more. There is also an activities table on the top floor where children can create artwork and display it on the community wall.
The museum will also showcase digital and physical exhibits, like a "Find Your Match" booth that matches your photo to a dog breed. "It is exciting to bring this collection back to New York City," says Alan Fausel, Executive Director, American Kennel Club 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."
The opening exhibit will remain for about six months. After that, Fausel says the next exhibit will be dedicated to female artists. The museum must alternate its exhibits since there are about eight times as many pieces in storage as there are on display. Also, Fausel has 600 pieces photographed, so items that aren’t on display can be viewed through a digital database.
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The museum will have an app, so users can view the exhibits with the help of "Arty," a virtual dog/tour guide. There will also be a gift shop with numerous dog-themed toys and accessories. This weekend, the museum is open to the public on Friday and Sunday from 2 pm to 5 pm, and on Saturday and Monday from 10 am to 5 pm. Regular hours are 10 am to 5 pm Tuesday to Sunday.
The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, which was open from 1982 to 1986 at the New York Life Building , will now move to 101 Park Avenue, where it will share space with the American Kennel Club headquarters. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for children under 12, and $10 for students, seniors, youth, and military/veterans. You can also become a member and have unlimited museum admission plus other benefits.