A Museum Entirely Dedicated To Man’s Furry BFF Is Coming To NYC

AKC Museum of the Dog

David Woo / American Kennel Club

Can’t get enough of man’s furry, four-legged companion? Then you’ll want to visit the American Kennel Club’s AKC¬†Museum of the Dog, which will be opening its doors to the public early next month in New York City.

For the past 32 years the museum was located in Saint Louis, Missouri but this year, the AKC board and the museum board decided to move it back to New York, the city of its origin. The AKC Museum of the Dog was founded in 1982 and houses one of the largest collections of dog art in the world.

If you’re wondering what we mean by “dog art,” it’s exactly what it sounds like ‚ÄĒ two whole floors filled with famous paintings, sculptures and renderings of adorable pups of all shapes and sizes from across the centuries. Sounds like a dream.

AKC Museum of the Dog

David Woo / American Kennel Club

You’ll find works of art by the most famous artists from the animal art world, including paintings by Sir Edwin Landseer and Maud Earl. The new museum will also include more modern, interactive exhibitions. Like a “Find Your Match” kiosk where you can take a photo and get paired with the AKC-registered dog breed deemed most similar to you (we’re intrigued).

Because it’s 2019 and tech is the ultimate IT girl, you’ll also be able to take a guided tour of the museum with a tour guide app led by Arty, a virtual canine tour guide. If you’re looking to entertain your little cousin who’s coming to town, our guess is that this museum will be a good place to do it.

AKC Museum of the Dog

David Woo / American Kennel Club

The Museum¬†of the Dog will be housed in the same building as the¬†American Kennel Club headquarters in mid-town Manhattan, right on Park Avenue, about one block from Grand Central Terminal. This building is already home to the American Kennel Club’s library and archives. The museum¬†will officially open its¬†doors to the public Saturday, February 2, but will have a soft open at the end of January. For more information about ticket prices and opening date, you can visit the AKC website.

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