The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog opened its doors at the organization’s Park Avenue headquarters on February 8, 2019.
Dog lovers, you’re in for a treat. After 32 years, the AKC is heading back to their original home in New York City to show off their collection of the most famous paintings, sculptures, and renderings of Fido in the world.
From 1982 to 1986 the museum was located at the New York Life Building. However, it was relocated to St. Louis, Missouri where the collection was housed for over 30 years. This year, the AKC has decided to relocate to the Park Avenue location where their headquarters, library, and archives are currently located.
For the new opening, the Museum of the Dog is re-branding and focusing on updating their image. This includes a focus on interactive exhibitions like a “Find Your Match” kiosk where you can take a photo and get matched with an AKC-registered dog breed that is most similar to you. The museum will also be kid-friendly and technologically forward. A tour guide app with a virtual furry friend named Arty will take youngsters and their parents through the museum on a scavenger hunt similar to Pokemon Go. Activities for children will be at the forefront of the museum and include an activity table where their dog-based artwork will be displayed.
Of course, all those 21st-century innovations are complemented by two whole floors of wonderfully awful paintings that you’d typically only see at your Great Aunt Ruth’s house. More than 180 works of art from some of most famous artists of the doggie world such as Sir Edwin Landseer and Maud Earl (featured), will be on display.
According to the museum director, Alan Fausel, most people will probably spend more than an hour exploring the half of a dozen interactive experiences and digital exhibits at the museum. Since dogs are so shareable on social media, the idea is to bring in young people by focusing on the digital side of the museum as well as the art on display. Since the collection is so massive, the exhibitions will be changed on a rotating basis. According to the museum director, the next exhibit will be centered around all female artists.
You can find more information about the exhibits, times and the opening date on the AKC website.
What: Museum of the Dog
Where: 101 Park Avenue
Tickets: $15 adults,$10 students, seniors, youth and military/veterans, $5 children under 12
Featured image: @sharonadd via Instagram
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