Current Exhibitions

October 8 - December 29, 2019

Photos: Please do not Bend, the Catherine Johnson Collection

In an age of digital images and millions of “selfies” being posted online, it is difficult to imagine a world where photographs were precious commodities that were not only expensive, but took a relatively long time to have produced. They often arrived in the mail, and senders frequently wrote on the envelopes: “Photos: Please do not Bend." Over several decades, scouring house sales, antique shops, and online, Catherine Johnson amassed a collection of ordinary “snapshots” of people and their dogs. Standing in contrast to the posed portraits of show dogs, the collection chronicles the vernacular of the everyday life of dogs and humans in years gone by.

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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Plan a visit for your dog at the AKC CANINE RETREAT!

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.