Dog museum unleashed
It’s a museum that invites visitors to come! Sit! And stay.
The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog opens on February 8 in midtown Manhattan, returning to New York after three decades on the outskirts of St Louis.
The collection boasts portraits of royal and presidential pets, artefacts that trace canine history as far back as an estimated 30 million-year-old fossil, and devices that ‘‘match’’ visitors’ faces with dog breeds and let people try their hand at basic dog training with a virtual puppy.
While there won’t be actual dogs except for special occasions, the museum hopes to give visitors ‘‘an understanding of the history of dogs, how they came to be in such different variety’’, executive director Alan Fausel said.
About 150 pieces from the kennel club’s extensive, mostly donated collection are on view at the museum, which also has a library area for perusing some of the club’s 15 000 books.