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The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

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The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

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101 Park Ave, New York City, NY 10178-0002
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Justin W wrote a review Nov 21
Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey2,111 contributions516 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Sara T wrote a review Jan 2020
Ellicott City, Maryland556 contributions93 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Museumofthedog, Manager at The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog
Responded Aug 11, 2020
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.
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CTS_Knows wrote a review Jan 2020
Sarasota, Florida2,534 contributions321 helpful votes
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.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Museumofthedog, Manager at The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog
Responded Aug 11, 2020
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.
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edc3k5 wrote a review Jan 2020
Massapequa, New York74 contributions30 helpful votes
This was a small museum that had interesting info about dogs! The Interactive pup was fun! However, I felt that the admission fee was overpriced for the size of the museum and the amount of time spent there.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Museumofthedog, Manager at The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog
Responded Aug 11, 2020
Thank you so much for your feedback and we are sorry the admissions fee feels expensive for a small museum. The museum is working on expanding gallery content, public programs, and special events. We encourage you to come back and enjoy some of our activities like learning about Police K-9 training, our lecture series, and Canines at the Cinema.
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Linda S wrote a review Dec 2019
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom392 contributions123 helpful votes
We saw an advert for this in our hotel and booked online for the next day (Saturday). It's $10 entry to see all things connected with dogs - paintings, sketches, sculptures, bronzes, pottery, a good shop, and an excellent library containing books on every breed of dog you can think of. Our bonus was a talk and demonstration on K9's from the Lt.Commander of the NYPD with his dog, and his associate with his. A 2 hour talk and interaction with the dogs, and every question answered. Excellent! The museum has returned from St.Louis MO this year, and is just by Grand Central Station.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Museumofthedog, Manager at The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog
Responded Aug 11, 2020
Thank you so much for the five star review, we are grateful for your wonderful comments. Please continue to check our website for upcoming events, new exhibitions, and expanded public programs.
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