If you have an affinity for canine fine art and live near Manhattan, you’re in luck! The American Kennel Club (AKC) Museum of the Dog is officially opening in the Big Apple on Friday, February 8 at its new location, 101 Park Avenue—with convenient access from Grand Central.
Located in Midtown, 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 you can learn about your 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, you 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 you to explore breeds’ features, traits, history and representations in the collection. There are several other digital experiences that bring you into the history of the museum and its mission.
The museum will also have an app where you can interact with the exhibits with “Arty,” a virtual dog/tour guide, creating a new user experience for kids and those of you who are 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, Missouri. The AKC was instrumental in founding the museum, which is on a 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 will be housed at the Kalikow Building in NYC. Be sure to check it out!
This information was obtained from a press release provided by The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog. All images are courtesy of David Woo, AKC.