The AKC Museum of the Dog will be open Wednesday - Sunday from 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Current Exhibitions

NEW! Top Dogs Virtual Tour!

Take a Virtual Tour of Top Dogs, the MOD's newest special exhibition! This is a free virtual tour, but any donations are greatly appreciated.
Once you reserve your free ticket, you will be sent an email containing the link to the virtual tour. If you do not get this email, please make sure to check any spam or junk folders. If you still are having issues receiving the email or accessing the link, please email Jeana.Wunderlich@museumofthedog.org.
Please note - this is NOT a ticket to visit the Museum. If you'd like to visit us in person, please purchase a "general admission" ticket.

Click HERE to access the virtual tour!

May 5 - August 29, 2021

Top Dogs

This exhibition takes a closer look at the top ten breeds, examines their histories, and speculates what exactly about them captures the hearts and minds of so many Americans. For some, it has to do with the breed’s temperament. For others, it is their work ethic, or their association with pop culture and movies. Often it is a combination of all these factors!

Of course, every dog is the most popular in their owner’s eyes. This list is not an indication of quality of different breeds, as every dog has aspects that make it perfect for somebody. It is also important to remember that just because a breed is popular, it does not mean that breed is a good fit for every family. It is essential to look at a particular dog’s needs when acquiring a pet and determine if those needs line up with yours.

The breeds featured in this exhibition are the Labrador Retriever, French Bulldog, German Shepherd Dog, Golden Retriever, Bulldog, Poodle, Beagle, Rottweiler, German Shorthaired Pointer, and Dachshund. Some of these breeds are veterans of the most popular list, such as the Lab, which has held the number one spot for 30 years straight. Others are more recent movers and shakers, such as the French Bulldog, which took the number two spot this year for the first time

Permanent Collection

The permanent collection of the museum is one of the finest and largest collections of canine-related fine art and artifacts in the world. It comprises paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, ceramics and bronzes. Additionally, objects such as trophies, collars and other dog-related works are included in the collection.

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Out of courtesy to our neighbors, only service dogs and invited demonstration dogs are allowed in the museum.


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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.

If you have any questions regarding accessibility, please feel free to contact the museum.

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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.