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  1.  Museum of the Dog
    Photograph: Courtesy David Woo
  2. Photograph: Courtesy David Woo
  3. Photograph: Courtesy David Woo

Time Out says

A (sort of) new art museum opens in Midtown on February 8, 2019, and New Yorkers won’t stop barking about it. Yep, we're referring to the Museum of the Dog—an exhibition comprising more than 180 sculptures and paintings of four-legged furballs.

It’s worth noting that this attraction isn’t exactly new. The American Kennel Club has moved the original Museum of the Dog—formerly located at the New York Life Building—closer to its headquarters where it can live beside the AKC’s library and archives. Guest are able to view canine-related artifacts on display and interact with a digital “Meet the Breeds” table, which provides info on all 193 AKC recognized dog breeds.

Other tech-savvy highlights—like a photobooth that tells you which dog breed looks the most like you, and a digital, interactive puppy training course—should appeal to dog lovers as well. The current exhibit will remain open for six months before it changes to spotlight canine-themed art created by all female artists. Woof!


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Dogs of War and Peace

The AKC Museum of the Dog is opening a timely exhibit of 10 life-sized, carved-wood allegorical memorials of military dogs from WWII and Afghanistan by sculptor James Mellick. Visitors will see the artist's collections "Wounded Warrior Dogs" and "Over the Rainbow Bridge," along with the museum’s permanent collection, which includes sculptures, paintings, collars, vests, photographs and more. Mellick says that the exhibit of wounded and rehabilitated dogs aims to draw attention to the service and heroism of dogs in the military. The Wounded Warrior Dog statues are carved from cedar, walnut, sycamore, cherry,poplar, maple and more, laminated and painted to showcase beautiful life-size dogs whofought alongside veterans and often aided in the completion of successful missions. The AKC Library and Archives will also feature photographs and documents of the WWII U.S. Marine Corps "Devil Dogs" during the time of the main exhibit. Throughout the installation, there will also be events and veterans invited to speak on their experiences and the history of dogs in the military. For these dates, check the events calendar at  

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