The AKC Museum of the Dog opened yesterday in New York City. Located at 101 Park Avenue, the museum houses one of the world's largest collections of canine fine art, which includes "Millie on the South Lawn," the portrait by Christine Merrill of the English springer spaniel that lived in the White House with George and Barbara Bush.
In addition to paintings and sculpture, the collection includes a terracotta dog paw print dating back to the Roman Empire and a Victorian dog-pulled cart. There are also interactive kiosks where visitors can match their facial features to a dog breed, learn about the 193 breeds recognized by the American Kennel Club, or practice training with a virtual puppy.
But alas, despite all this homage to and adulation of our canine companions, dogs are not allowed in the museum, except for registered service dogs.
For more information about the museum, read this article at NPR: "Dogs Have Their Day: AKC Dog Museum Opens in New York City"; or visit the museum's website.
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