We have the Museum of Math, Sex, and American Gangsters in New York City. Now you can add the Museum of the Dog to that list, which opened Friday in Midtown.
(Say hi to your best friend. The Museum of the Dog in Midtown features an array of canine art. Bree Driscoll/NY1).
From Great Danes to Presidential Spaniels to digital dogs, you can find it all at the new American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog.
"The dog has a special relationship with humans, much more so than any other animal," said Alan Fausel, the museum's executive director.
The museum opening is a homecoming of sorts. It was founded in 1982 in New York, but the Kennel Club relocated it to St. Louis five years later, a move that officials say hurt attendance.
"It was in St. Louis and outside of town by about 20 miles," Fausel said. "There wasn't any public transportation, so it didn't get a lot of people."
The museum, on Park Avenue and 40th Street, has one of the largest collections of dog art in the world, a library, and a television studio. There also are several interactive kiosks. One is a digital encyclopedia of breeds.
(It may be better than Rembrandt. The Museum of the Dog has one of the largest collections of dog art in the world. Bree Driscoll/NY1).
(A digital encyclopedia of dog breeds at the museum. Bree Driscoll/NY1).
One lets you train a digital dog like Molly, or you can see which dog you most physically resemble. Before our visit, our producers had a little fun, guessing our canine twins. They picked a Pug for Meteorologist John Davitt and an Italian Greyhound for me.
The kiosk's computer and its algorithm had other ideas. With just a push or a button and a smile, John is now a Bulldog and I got a Havanese.
(Meet John Davitt the Pug. Bree Driscoll/NY1).
(And say hello to Bree Driscoll's canine twin? The museum's kiosk computer seems to think she's spitting image of a Havanese. Bree Driscoll/NY1).
Museum visitor Greg Ramsey was not too happy with his result of a Miniature Schnauzer. "I am kind of frustrated by it," he said. "I am a Pekinese guy. I like the peaks."
I know many of you are wondering: Can you bring your beloved dog to the Museum of the Dog? The answer is unfortunately no. It allows only service animals.
"We are in an office building and we respect our landlords not to have a lot of dogs," Fausel said.
The museum is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children.
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