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St. Louis, Missouri

The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog

An extensive collection of fine art devoted to man's best friend. 

Sorry, The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog is permanently closed.

At the intersection of the Venn diagram where dog lovers meet art lovers is this niche museum, which houses an extensive collection of fine art devoted to man’s best friend, from Impressionist paintings of Basque collies to porcelain figurines to portraits of pets by local contemporary artists.

The American Kennel Club’s Museum of the Dog features more than 700 drawings, watercolors, prints, sculptures, bronzes, and figurines. It’s a collection that’s sure to (bow-)wow you.

Update: the Dog Museum closed in October 2018. It has been reported that part of the collection would be auctioned off, and the rest put on display at the AKC headquarters in New York City. 

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Bring your own pup! The museum prides itself on being a dog-friendly establishment, offering treats, fresh water, and lots of space to run around after you visit. And if you go on a sunny day, you can explore beautiful Queeny Park's trails, picnic sites, and fishing ponds.