The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog
3.5

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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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  • betsy202
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful museum all about dogs
    I loved seeing this museum! When I visited, there was a special exhibit on dog restraint, or collars and leashes, which was fascinating. It even included a tile excavation from Pompeii showing a dog with a collar and leash. There is extensive information and art of dog breeds as well as interactive activities which are fun. What breed of dog do you most look like? You can find out. I also visited the Morgan Library and Museum nearby which is beautiful.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 28, 2023
  • sarah
    York, United Kingdom55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best museum in NYC
    Omg! This was by far my favourite museum we visited during our time in NYC. All the staff were so so lovely and there was lots to do and see. We did a scavenger hunt which was so much fun and even got a little prize at the end. Well worth the visit!
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 15, 2024
  • Bioteacher67
    Oakville, Canada436 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A small museum of dog art
    This museum is very small and is really a museum of Art of dogs. It’s well laid out, lots of great paintings and sculptures. It’s quite flat in that there’s not much information beyond the artists statement. I think a museum of the dog could have more interactive exhibits that do with the history of dogs. It took about 30 min to go through the whole place slowly. At $15 I think it’s expensive for what you get.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written March 19, 2024
  • Sara T
    Ellicott City, Maryland970 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I loved this museum!!!
    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.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 3, 2024
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christopherbO9687MP
Acton, MA718 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
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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MCK
3,248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Calling all dog lovers! The AKC dog Museum was very charming, nestled in a Park Ave. building . My friend and I, being dog lovers, we found this 2 floors of all different dog breeds showcased in sculptures, paintings and historical facts along with a small library reasonably priced ($15 adult). The walk through took about about an hour including the really cute gift shop.

Quit frankly, I had planned this stop after my friend and I went to the timed ticket at The Summit and stop after for a great Japanese lunch at Wokuni and then this museum to finish the site seeing day off because there is no time constraints to the ticket of that day. All 3 places in the same area. It was worth the visit off the beaten path that most tourist would bypass. Fun to visit!
Written November 16, 2022
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Carol B
Boulder1,864 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
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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Adventure Diva
Manchester, CT2,527 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
Oh what fun we had at this dog museum. One of the museum's goals is to create positive engagement with dogs and they truly succeeded. A wide collection of artworks, educational events, library and interactive digital experiences await you.
Written March 18, 2023
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Dan123
24 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
On view were some unexceptional photos, a lot of bad paintings, and even more boring statues and loving cups. I was done in 5 minutes. If you love dogs, go to any dog park and you'll learn more and have a better time
Written February 4, 2024
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betsy202
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
I loved seeing this museum! When I visited, there was a special exhibit on dog restraint, or collars and leashes, which was fascinating. It even included a tile excavation from Pompeii showing a dog with a collar and leash. There is extensive information and art of dog breeds as well as interactive activities which are fun. What breed of dog do you most look like? You can find out. I also visited the Morgan Library and Museum nearby which is beautiful.
Written June 28, 2023
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lucasashby
Conroe, TX520 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • 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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Bioteacher67
Oakville, Canada436 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
This museum is very small and is really a museum of Art of dogs. It’s well laid out, lots of great paintings and sculptures. It’s quite flat in that there’s not much information beyond the artists statement. I think a museum of the dog could have more interactive exhibits that do with the history of dogs. It took about 30 min to go through the whole place slowly. At $15 I think it’s expensive for what you get.
Written March 19, 2024
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sarah
York, UK55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
Omg! This was by far my favourite museum we visited during our time in NYC. All the staff were so so lovely and there was lots to do and see. We did a scavenger hunt which was so much fun and even got a little prize at the end. Well worth the visit!
Written January 15, 2024
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Sara T
Ellicott City, MD970 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • 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
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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