2019-02-06 / Features

American Kennel Club Museum Of The Dog Returns To City


The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog (101 Park Ave., Manhattan) houses one of the world’s largest collections of canine fine art. Photos David Woo The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog (101 Park Ave., Manhattan) houses one of the world’s largest collections of canine fine art. Photos David Woo The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog will officially open its doors in New York City on Friday February 8th, at its new location, 101 Park Ave., just steps away from Grand Central Station. The museum houses one of the world’s largest collections of canine fine art.

Located in Midtown Manhattan, the newly designed space will house art from famous dog artists such as Sir Edwin Landseer, Maud Earl, Arthur Wardle and many more. It also has a two-story glass vitrine that encases rare porcelains and bronzes, in addition to a library where users can learn about their favorite breeds. The museum’s first exhibition will be entitled, “For the Love of All Things Dog” and combines select works from the AKC’s own collection and that of the museum.

Throughout the museum, visitors will experience exhibits that bridge the digital and physical elements of the museum and bring new life to the collection. Spanning 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. Additionally, there is a “Meet the Breeds” touchscreen table that allows visitors to explore various breeds’ features, traits, history and representations in the collection. There are several other digital experiences that bring audiences into the history of the museum and its mission.

“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.”

Throughout the museum, Arty, a virtual dog/tour guide app will allow users to interact with the exhibits. It creates a new user experience for kids and kids at heart.

The AKC Museum of the Dog, founded in 1982, was originally housed in the New York Life Building located at 51 Madison Avenue as part of the AKC Headquarters. In 1987, the museum was moved to West St. Louis County, MO. The AKC was instrumental in founding the museum and believes in its mission to protect and to share the amazing works of art donated by participants in the dog sport over the last 35 years. The new museum’s location at 101 Park Ave. is known as the Kalikow Building.

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