New York City is Getting a Unique Museum Back

New York City is Getting a Unique Museum Back

Is this on your list? NYC’s Museum of the Dog will be back on February 8.

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After 32 years, New Yorkers will finally get a chance to check out one of the more unique art museums in the country. The American Kennel Club’s Museum of the Dog is re-opening its doors in New York City on Feb. 8, steps away from Grand Central Station, according to Travel+Leisure.

After only four years in New York, The AKC Museum of the Dog moved to St. Louis, Missouri, in 1986.

This is no doubt one of the more interesting and “out there” concepts for an art gallery. New York City is also home to the Museum of Natural History, the Guggenheim and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But if you’re a canine lover, this may just be the perfect place for you.

The three-story building will have two floors of the world’s largest collection of canine art on display: over 180 pieces of dog artwork and six interactive digital exhibit,according to the museum’s website.

“It is exciting to bring this collection back to New York City,” Alan Fausel, Executive Director, AKC Museum of the Dog, shared in a statement. “This Museum is a beautiful ode to man’s best friend, and we are thrilled to bring these pieces and exhibitions to new audiences.”

You will be able to see works from Edwin Landseer, Maud Earl, Arthur Wardle and many other artists. Per their website, the museum will display rare bronze and glass figurines, life-size sculptures of Great Danes, a 2,000-year-old paw print, a 30 million-year-old fossil of a dog (the ancient hesperocyon), a giant wire dog sculpture hanging over AKC’s filing studio, etc. There’s also a library filled with information about different dog breeds.

Fausel said that the first exhibit will stay up for six months and then change to feature only female artists.

And to draw in more of the younger crowd, the museum is focusing on multiple digital exhibits. Children can pet and feed a digital puppy, Molly, and even play fetch!

“We have a very sophisticated work where we took a ten-month-old Labrador Retriever and put her in a motion capture suit and had her go through her basic obedience drills,” Fausel said. “Then we transferred that to a screen where you can actually train the avatar of that dog in real time through voice and hand signals.”

Another neat addition is the photo booth that takes a picture of you and then matches you with your lookalike AKC-registered dog breed. You can even create artwork on the top floor and put it on display on the community wall.

For children, or adults feeling young at heart, the museum is launching an app where they will be able to interact with the art exhibits and “Arty,” a virtual tour guide dog who will help guide users through the museum.

Ticket prices vary: $15 for adults, $5 for children under the age of 12 and $10 for students, youth, seniors and military/veterans. You also have the option to become a member for unlimited museum visits and other benefits.

If you want to read more about this, you can check it out on Travel+Leisure here.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

Is this on your list? NYC’s Museum of the Dog will be back on February 8.

39% Ya, a dream
61% Not a dog person
39% Ya, a dream
61% Not a dog person
40% Ya, a dream
60% Not a dog person

Ya, a dream

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