The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog is packing up and moving homes, leaving its St. Louis, Missouri location to a new space in New York City.
After 30 years in St. Louis, Missouri, the AKC Museum of the Dog is heading back to its original home of NYC, a move that is expected to take place sometime next year. The museum, originally located at 51 Madison Avenue, was forced to leave in search of less expensive digs back in 1982 and found a nice fit in St. Louis, where it has been since the big move.
With over 4,000 works of art in a variety of mediums, the museum is the only one of it’s kind and is devoted solely to the four-legged friends we know and love as one of our own. The best part? It’s dog-friendly to visitors, so you can bring your bestie along with while you peruse the expansive catalog featured throughout the space.
The move comes only as a hopeful means to an end, and is simply a matter of finances once again. Even with a considerably lower rent to contend with, the museum, then called the Dog Museum of America before the AKC took over, still struggled to keep its head above water.
“With a population of over 8.5 million people, and 59 million visitors per year, New York City provides an excellent opportunity for a substantial increase in visitors and exposure and lends the potential for educational programs to coincide with the promotion of the purebred dog,” Brandi Hunter, the VP of public relations and communications, said in an interview with This Dog’s Life.
“The relocation to Midtown Manhattan also provides a means for the Museum to generate revenue from additional admissions, memberships, sponsorships, and donations.”
The AKC Museum of the Dog is currently located at 71 S. Mason Road in St. Louis, Missouri. The price of admission varies by age group, but dogs are always admitted free of charge.
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