“This museum is a beautiful ode to man’s best friend and we are thrilled to bring these pieces and exhibitions to new audiences.”
NEW YORK (PRNewswire) — The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog will officially open its doors in New York City on Friday, February 8, 2019 at its new location, 101 Park Ave, just steps away from Grand Central Station.
Located in Midtown Manhattan in New York City, the Museum houses one of the world’s largest collections of canine fine art. It is home to several hundred paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, sculptures, bronzes, and porcelain figurines, a variety of decorative arts objects and interactive displays depicting man’s best friend throughout the ages.
The newly designed space will house art from famous dog artists, including Sir Edwin Landseer, Maud Earl and Arthur Wardle.
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 breeds’ features, traits, history and representations in the collection.
“It is exciting to bring this collection back to New York City,” says Alan Fausel, Executive Director, AKC 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.”
The museum will also have an app where children can interact with the exhibits, with “Arty” a virtual dog/tour guide.
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.
MISSION AND FOUNDING
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 will be housed at the Kalikow Building at 101 Park Ave., along with the AKC’s NY Headquarters.
MORE ABOUT THE AKC MUSEUM OF THE DOG
The AKC Museum of the Dog is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization funded mainly by private and corporate gift donations. The museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of the art, artifacts and literature of the dog for the purposes of education, historical perspective, aesthetic enjoyment and to enhance the appreciation for and knowledge of the significance of the dog and the human/canine relationship.
For more information, visit www.Museumofthedog.org
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About the American Kennel Club
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership.
Editor’s note: For more about pet museums, see our article: Pet Museums for the Dog and Cat Lover