The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

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The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog
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Neighborhood: Murray Hill
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  • Grand Central – 42nd St • 3 min walk
  • Grand Central • 4 min walk
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ktbeenthere2015
New York City, NY164 contributions
Friends
To best appreciate the museum, be aware that it is primarily an art and sculpture gallery. Some artwork has interesting dog tales that are in the descriptions, but the majority only indicate the breed, year, and the painter. This brevity is a plus rendering a minimal amount of reading as you circulate from room to room. There are several table computer monitors where you can look up specific breeds for specific light and fun details. Two very interesting dog-houses are the extent of other different artifacts. Two interactive displays will give children or children at heart a chuckle. In addition, a library filled with a range of books is on the 2nd floor.

The staff were extremely welcoming, and I applaud their graciousness.

As others mention value for money is a consideration. If you melt when you see a dog pass you on the street and feel the need to pet it, then this price should not faze you. If you are canine-knowledgeable expecting an educational experience, you’d best plan to broaden your familiarity on dog art to make the entry fee reasonable.
Written September 19, 2021
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Justin W
Hasbrouck Heights, NJ2,685 contributions
I had never heard of this museum before but had just passed it a few weeks earlier when visiting Murray Hill. What a nice surprise. It is a small museum with only two galleries and three floors. It is run by the American Kennel Club who had just reopened it in New York after years in St. Louis. The museum had originated in New York City.

The first floor was dedicated to the history of the dog and early artifacts found in fossils as well as the timeline for domestication. There is a strong Victorian painting collection of dogs, figurine sculptures and trophies from many Canine Clubs. The second floor had an exhibition on 'Presidential Dogs' was interesting. It showed a lot of pictures of the First Families and their pets while spending time in the White House.

It has a nice but not extensive collection of works and the whole theme to the museum is interesting. If you like dogs, it is worth the visit and it is a well laid out museum with an extensive collection. It is a great place to take kids who like dogs.
Written November 22, 2020
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CTS_Knows
Sarasota, FL2,519 contributions
We first saw this museum while looking out our window at The Renwick Hotel. On the second floor it looked like there was a doggy day care center. A constant stream of different dog breeds was visible behind a screen. They looked like real dogs running, sitting, scratching and shaking their coats. It was all animated but a great ad for the museum. The $15 admission was a little high for what is there. The museum says it is three floors but the second floor was almost empty. The paintings and sculptures were nice to look at but not worth the cost. We were lucky to see a NYPD officer giving a talk about his trained dog and their duties and training. We had to watch from outside the door to the room because it was full. There wasn't that many people, maybe 20, but the room wasn't designed for something like this. The talk was very interesting at least. This is a nice place but the entrance fee should be lowered to make it more affordable.
Written January 26, 2020
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Thank you for your review and constructive feedback. I understand the entrance fee feels expensive when a visit through the museum is short. We are working on expanding our content and programming in the galleries and we hope you will come again.
Written August 11, 2020
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christopherbO9687MP
Acton, MA469 contributions
The AKS's Museum of the Dog is an excellent museum devoted to dogs, art & ceramics about dogs, and dog breed histories. Anyone who's a fan for dogs will enjoy this museum. Most of the two floors in this space is devoted to various paintings of dogs over the past ~200 years; with an emphasis on Victorian era commissioned paintings of some family's favorite pooches. There's also an extensive collection of movie posters devoted to famous dogs starring in movies; with backstories of the actual dog(s) used in the filming. A number of interactive computer displays allows you to look up the history & characteristics of whatever your favorite breeds are.

There's also a fairly large library of dog-related books; mostly about training & breeding. Even though this museum is run by the AKC, they don't go overboard in promoting formal dog breeding. Located 1 block from Grand Central Terminal, this museum is a good way for a dog enthusiast to spend 1-2 hours.
Written March 3, 2021
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Carol B
Boulder1,844 contributions
I have been breeding, exhibiting, and competing purebred dogs for 20+ years. I'm a frequent museum goer and I love to look at how different dog breeds are represented in art. I was in NYC and I was excited to finally have a chance to visit the AKC museum.

The gallery space is nice, but the collection is tiny. The special exhibit on 911 search/rescue dogs was not very well developed. The gift shop is poorly curated.

I expected so much more. More art... more exhibits.... more overall support and promotion of the sport of purebred dogs. Really, the whole thing was a huge disappointment. I will give them credit for having a library, but even there, the book collection was average at best.

Can not recommend, especially given the $15 entrance fee. Come on AKC. Huge missed opportunity here.
Written September 9, 2021
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lucasashby
Conroe, TX446 contributions
Couples
This place is interesting for any dog lover. It’s only a couple of floors, but getting to see some of the different art, the library, and exhibits are interesting. It doesn’t take too much time, but it’s one of the less busy things to do in the city.
Written December 30, 2021
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Sara T
Ellicott City, MD672 contributions
Friends
This small museum was delightful! Even though it was small, we spent over an hour here. They have free lockers you can store your stuff. They had several fun exhibits like the one that matches your photo to a dog breed. You could train the puppy Rover which was fun. I thought the price was reasonable given its location.
Written January 26, 2020
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Thank you so much for the raving review, we so appreciate your support and positive comments. We hope you come back to the museum and enjoy more dog art, special events, and rotating exhibitions.
Written August 11, 2020
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Al M
Boston, MA105 contributions
This is a good start for a dog exhibit, but the premise of a dog museum may have wider appeal if more attention were paid to "ordinary" dogs.... the types that we interact with on a daily basis and not just blue ribbon winners.

There was some "fun" art which I found amusing.
Written August 12, 2019
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Thank you for your feedback and we understand with the space we have we can not show all of our collection as well as all types of dogs and activities people love to do with canines. The museum appreciates your advice about incorporating more "ordinary" dogs. We are working on new exhibitions and will definitely take this into consideration.
Written August 11, 2020
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ken s
raleigh, nc92 contributions
Couples
This museum contains various forms of artwork focusing on dogs. Takes about an hour to see everything. A little pricey, but it’s NYC. If you’re a dog lover, it’s worth a visit.
Written August 10, 2019
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We are so glad you had a good experience at the museum and value your positive review. Thank for understanding that our nice location near Grand Central does require us to have an entrance fee. However, the museum is working on expanding its programming and gallery content to ensure visitors' experiences are worth the admissions.
Written August 11, 2020
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RGSOUNDF
Mercerville, NJ11,514 contributions
Couples
First and foremost, we would like to thank the AKC, its supporters, benefactors and all those who helped to make the Dog Museum a reality. For us, dog lovers, the opening of the AKC Dog Museum was a big thing, and at the prized Manhattan location at that, even with visitors in mind (it is located within 2 minutes' walk from the Grand Central).
The museum is situated on three levels, accessed by a staircase, and, we believe, an elevator as well. Most of the collection is distributed between the ground floor, where also a good museum store is located, and the third floor; with the intermediate level serving as a vantage point to observe the ground floor from above and see the glass-enclosed installation filled with figurines of every canine breed under the sun.
The collection consists of dozens and dozens of paintings dedicated to dogs, from the quite old ones (dating back to the early XIXth century) to the contemporary pieces (think 2005 Barney and Miss Beasley, the famous Scottish terriers that belonged to GWB). The style, genre, manner, historical periods, and, of course, the breeds showcased vary drastically, and there is something for every dog lover, or any visitor for that matter. In addition to paintings, there are figurines, statues, and artifacts representing the past and present of the canine race.
Noteworthy are interactive exhibits, from the humorous display taking your own photo and matching it to a specific dog breed (supposedly looking like you) to the 'Meet Molly" interactive play aimed at training a virtual dog.
The 3rd floor also houses the museum's library that stores hundreds of volumes dedicated to dogs. The library features a spacious seating area allowing to browse through the reading material.
Admission tickets can be purchased online, on the museum's website and printed at home.
Highly recommended.
Written May 15, 2019
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Thank you so much for the raving review, we so appreciate your support and positive comments. We hope you come back to the museum and enjoy more dog art, special events, and rotating exhibitions.
Written August 12, 2020
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