The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog will open its doors in midtown Manhattan, New York, on February 8.

The space, located in the Kalikow Building at 101 Park Avenue, will house one of the world’s largest collections of canine fine art.

It marks the museum’s return to New York after a 32-year absence. The museum had moved to West St. Louis County, Missouri, during that time.

Famous artists such as Edwin Landseer, Maud Earl and Arthur Wardle will have their works on display.

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Famous artists such as Edwin Landseer, Maud Earl and Arthur Wardle will have their works on display.

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

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The museum has several hundred paintings, drawings, watercolours, prints, sculptures, bronzes, porcelain figurines, decorative arts objects and interactive displays depicting dogs throughout the ages.

Posters of some famous TV and film dogs.


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Posters of some famous TV and film dogs.

Famous artists such as Edwin Landseer, Maud Earl and Arthur Wardle will have their works on display.

The first exhibition appropriately will be called For the Love of All Things Dog.

Spanning two floors with a double-height atrium space at the stairs, the museum has a two-story glass display case with rare porcelain and bronze figures of dogs. There is also a library where visitors can learn about their favourite breeds.

The museum has several hundred paintings, drawings, watercolours, prints, and sculptures.

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The museum has several hundred paintings, drawings, watercolours, prints, and sculptures.

The museum mixes digital elements into the exhibits.

The gallery includes interactive exhibits such as a “Find Your Match” kiosk that takes a visitor’s photo and determines which AKC-registered dog breed he or she looks like.

There is a “Meet the Breeds” touchscreen table that lets visitors explore breeds’ features, traits and history.

The first exhibition at US museum appropriately called "For the Love of All Things Dog".

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The first exhibition at US museum appropriately called “For the Love of All Things Dog”.

For the kids, there is an app that lets them interact with “Arty”, a virtual dog/tour guide.

– USA Today

 

Exit through the gift shop.

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Exit through the gift shop.



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