Like many great works of art, dogs possess beauty, grace, and charm. And, like a great work of art, they can comfort, inspire, and add meaning to our lives. It’s not surprising, then, that dogs have been featured in so many works of art throughout the world for centuries.
A museum with a mission
There’s good news for dog lovers who also appreciate art: The American Kennel Club has created the Museum of the Dog. The museum’s roots go back to 1979, and its mission statement says it all: The museum “is dedicated to the collection, preservation, exhibition, and interpretation of the art, artifacts and literature of the dog for the purposes of education, historical perspective, aesthetic enjoyment and in order to enhance the appreciation for and knowledge of the significance of the dog and the human/canine relationship.”
Dogs as art, history, and cultural icons
As you stroll through the museum’s 14,000 sq. ft. gallery space, you’ll enjoy a wide range of dog-related artwork, including original paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures from around the world. This includes the All-Star Dogs Hall of Fame—consisting of wall murals painted by the artist Stephen Hubbell—and a collection of battle-related photographs and prints that form the Dogs of War exhibit. In addition to the permanent collection, the museum also features temporary exhibits that focus on specific artists, collections, and cultures, such as Tibet.
Planning your visit
Which American city is lucky enough to host The AKC Museum of the Dog? St. Louis, Missouri. The museum is located at 1721 South Mason Road in the Queeny Park area. Visiting hours are Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m. –4 p.m., and Sundays from 1 p.m.–5 p.m. (closed Mondays and holidays). For more information, visit the museum’s website, www.museumofthedog.org.