New York City has some of the best museums, but it was lacking a very important one: a museum dedicated entirely to dogs. On February 8, however, the American Kennel Club’s Museum of the Dog is opening its doors at 101 Park Avenue, and it’s a dog lover’s dream.
The museum first opened in New York in 1982 on Madison Avenue, then moved to Missouri. Now, it’s coming back home. It will be home to several hundred paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, sculptures, bronzes, and porcelain figurines depicting dogs throughout history, as well as various interactive dog-themed displays.
Works by famous dog artists, like Sir Edwin Landseer, Maud Earl, Arthur Wardle, will also be featured in the museum. For the educationally-minded, the museum will have a full library where visitors can learn about dog breeds. “It is exciting to bring this collection back to New York City,” Alan Fausel, the museum’s executive director, said in a press release. “This museum is a beautiful ode to man’s best friend.”
One of the museum’s defining characteristics will be its interactive elements, such as the “Find Your Match” kiosk in the gallery. The kiosk takes visitors’ photos and matches their likeness with a dog breed. There’s also a “Meet the Breeds” touchscreen, where guests can learn all about breeds’ traits, history, and representations in the collections. There’s even an app called “Arty,” which allows children to take a virtual tour throughout the museum.
Admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children, and $10 for students, veterans, active military, and senior citizens.
H/T: Lonely Planet