The AKC Museum of the Dog is open Wednesday - Sunday from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm. Note: Last admission for the day is at 5:00 pm.
Best In Show


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Portrait of Bea Godsol


Portrait of Bea Godsol

Artist Name

John Dwight Bridge




Bea (Hopkins Hilton) Godsol was an important breeder and AKC judge. She was the second woman to be granted an all-breed judging license. In 1968, she judged “Best in Show” at the Westminster Kennel club dog show.

Although portrayed here in riding attire and accompanied by two Sealyham Terriers, Godsol was best known for her work in breeding Newfoundlands.

Sealyhams were a popular breed in the early 20th c. with Ch. Barberry Hill Bootlegger winning Best in Show at Westminster in 1924 and Ch. Pinegrade Perfection in 1927. The AKC collection owns three portraits of these prominent dogs.


Sealyham Terrier, Sealyham Terrier

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Service animals are welcome in the museum. The museum entrance is wheelchair accessible via the building’s main plaza on the corner of Park Ave and E 40th Street. Accessible elevators are located on the first floor of the museum to the left of the admissions desk and gift shop. Public restrooms include accessible facilities.

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Photography Policy

Non-flash photography is permitted in the Museum for personal (non commercial) use except where noted. Flash photography, videography and tripods are not permitted in the Museum.