The Mu­seum of the Dog to de­but in NYC

The Jerusalem Post - - TRAVEL TRENDS - • By NANCY TREJOS

New York City is go­ing to the dogs. The Amer­i­can Ken­nel Club Mu­seum of the Dog will open its doors in mid­town Man­hat­tan on Fe­bru­ary 8, just a few days be­fore the start of the pop­u­lar 142-year-old West­min­ster Ken­nel Club Dog Show.

The space, lo­cated in the Ka­likow Build­ing at 101 Park Avenue, will house one of the world’s largest col­lec­tions of ca­nine fine art.

It marks the mu­seum’s re­turn to New York af­ter a 32-year ab­sence. The mu­seum had moved to West St. Louis County, Mis­souri, dur­ing that time.

The Amer­i­can Ken­nel Club de­cided it was time to bring the col­lec­tion back to a larger au­di­ence. New York City is home to more than 100 mu­se­ums, and the AKC wanted its mu­seum to be the only one ded­i­cated to dogs.

“This mu­seum is a beau­ti­ful ode to man’s best friend, and we are thrilled to bring these pieces and ex­hi­bi­tions to new au­di­ences,” says Alan Fausel, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of AKC Mu­seum of the Dog.

The mu­seum has sev­eral hun­dred paint­ings, draw­ings, water­col­ors, prints, sculp­tures, bronzes, porce­lain fig­urines, dec­o­ra­tive arts ob­jects and in­ter­ac­tive dis­plays that de­pict dogs through­out the ages.

Fa­mous artists such as Ed­win Land­seer, Maud Earl and Arthur War­dle will have their works on dis­play.

The first ex­hi­bi­tion ap­pro­pri­ately will be called “For the Love of All Things Dog.”

Span­ning two floors with a dou­ble-height atrium space at the stairs, the mu­seum has a two-story glass dis­play case with rare porce­lain and bronze fig­ures of dogs. There is also a li­brary where vis­i­tors can learn about their fa­vorite breeds.

The mu­seum mixes dig­i­tal el­e­ments into the ex­hibits.

The gallery in­cludes in­ter­ac­tive ex­hibits such as a “Find Your Match” kiosk that takes a vis­i­tor’s photo and de­ter­mines which AKC-reg­is­tered dog breed he or she looks like.

There is a “Meet the Breeds” touch­screen ta­ble that lets vis­i­tors ex­plore breeds’ fea­tures, traits and his­tory.

For the kids, there is an app that lets them in­ter­act with “Arty,” a vir­tual dog tour guide.

The mu­seum also has a gift shop with items such as chil­dren’s books and stuffed dogs, dog-themed clutches, scarves and pins. Some of the items can even be cus­tom-or­dered with the cus­tomer’s breed of choice on it.

Ad­mis­sion will cost $15 for adults, $5 for chil­dren un­der five, and $10 for se­nior ci­ti­zens, stu­dents, veter­ans and ac­tive mil­i­tary per­son­nel.

(Cour­tesy Amer­i­can Ken­nel Club)

THE MU­SEUM of the Dog – ded­i­cated to man’s best friend.

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