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Now that New York is officially back open for business, so is the American Kennel Club’s Museum of the Dog.

Museum of the Dog
The AKC Museum of the Dog

Clark and I went last week to check it out. It was my first visit back since before the pandemic and I have to say I was impressed by the precautions the staff there have taken for your safety. The video below tells you more about their Covid 19 mitigation protocols.

I was most impressed with the signage around the museum urging visitors to be careful and the styluses the MOD provides so you can use their interactive experiences safely.

Interactive Experiences

These experiences are among the museum’s signature displays. There is one display that introduces you to all the AKC recognized breeds, another teaches you how to train a puppy.

I must say however that I have a bone to pick with the MOD about one of these interactive experiences. At one display you can find out what dog you look like.

Here’s my result:


I look like a Havanese? A teeny tiny Havanese? From the Toy Group? I’m six feet tall and weigh 190 pounds. I don’t think so. I will, however, accept the “intelligent” descriptor!

Otherwise we thoroughly enjoyed our visit!

The Museum of the Dog is primarily a gallery of dog-related art. It dates back to 1982 when the AKC began displaying art in its headquarters in the New York Life Building. Five years later the museum moved to Missouri.

The MOD moved back to New York two years ago where it’s been a hit ever since. You’ll find the museum on the first floor of an office building on Park Avenue, the actual entrance is on 40th Street. It occupies a brightly-lit, airy, modern storefront over two floors.

Museum of the Dog
Museum of the Dog Gallery on the First Floor

Permanent Collection

The first floor is where many paintings from the permanent collection are on display.

Museum of the Dog
MOD Gallery

You can take an elevator up to the second floor, or walk up the stairs. The staircase wraps around a two story display case featuring many small statues, figurines, and other likenesses of dogs.

Top Dog Exhibition

The current second floor exhibition is called Top Dogs. It takes a look at the top ten breeds recognized by the AKC. The dogs featured are the Labrador Retriever, French Bulldog, German Shepherd Dog, Golden Retriever, Bulldog, Poodle, Beagle, Rottweiler, German Shorthaired Pointer, and Dachshund. (I’m a little disappointed that the Weimaraner usually ranks in the 30s.)

Golden Retriever Painting
“Golden Heritage” by Jerry Gadamus

This exhibition runs through August 29.

The second floor is also home to the museum’s library and lecture space. (Check out Urban Dog’s calendar for events at the museum.)

Museum of the Dog
Museum of the Dog Library

On your way out, visit the store. I bought a Weimaraner magnet in honor of Bodhi!

Museum of the Dog
MOD Store

The Museum of the Dog is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Click here to visit the MOD website.

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