AKC Museum of the Dog Is Headed to New York City
Start spreadin’ the news! The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog is headed back to the Big Apple with one of the largest collections of dog art in the world.
The American Kennel Club (AKC) Museum of the Dog was founded in 1982 and originally based in the New York Life Building. It was part of the AKC headquarters facility, but was moved to the historic Jarville House in St. Louis, Missouri in 1987.
But board members for the AKC and the AKC Museum of the Dog have decided it’s time to pack up and head back to the city that never sleeps. Through the years, the AKC has donated nearly $5 million to the Museum to ensure it’s mission to protect and share donated pieces of amazing art continues.
For the past 35 years, the AKC Museum of the Dog has housed one of the largest collections of dog art in the world, and AKC Chairman of the Board Ronald H. Menaker says that New York City is the perfect place for the museum because it is so well-known for its art and museum culture. New York has a population of over 8.5 million people, and nearly 60 million people a year visit the city, which is a great opportunity for the museum to increase its exposure to visitors.
The museum will relocate to Midtown Manhattan, and in doing so, allow for more revenue from additional admissions, memberships, sponsorships and donations. The boards also have a vision for the museum to be a world-class tourist destination, and are in negotiation to obtain ground floor retail space in the heart of the city to facilitate this, as well as expansion of the museum. There are also plans for the museum to be an interactive learning center for promotion and education about the AKC and dogs everywhere.
Candy Caciolo is the Chairman of the Board for the AKC Museum of the Dog, and says she looks forward to the expansion and growth of the museum to showcase the beauty of the purebred dog. She believes that New York City will be a new chapter for the museum.
The museum will remain in St. Louis until the transition to New York is complete, as the dates and locations for relocation are pending.