After more than 32 years away from the city, the American Kennel Club will reopen its museum dedicated to all things dogs in Manhattan this February.
The AKC Museum of the Dog was founded in 1982, and was originally housed in The New York Life Building on Madison Avenue. In 1987, it temporarily moved to West St. Louis County, MO, where it has been housed ever since. But on February 8th, it will finally return to NYC and reopen at 101 Park Avenue in Midtown.
The new museum spans two floors and includes several digital and interactive exhibits, including a "Find Your Match" kiosk that takes your photo and matches you to a breed. There are also several hundred "paintings, drawings, watercolors, prints, sculptures, bronzes, porcelain figurines, decorative arts objects and interactive displays" depicting dogs throughout the ages. (That includes work by the likes of Sir Edwin Landseer, Maud Earl, and Arthur Wardle.) And the first exhibition will be called, appropriately, "For the Love of All Things 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," said Alan Fausel, the museum's Executive Director. You can explore more about museum here.