06 Februari 2012

St Louis Dog Museum – A Tribute to Man’s Best Friend!

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Located in West St. Louis County, Missouri, The American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog is where the world's best collection of art devoted to the canine is housed.  Also known as Museum of the Dog, this attraction has over seven hundred original paintings, porcelain figurines, bronzes, sculptures, prints and drawings on display. Various Maud Earl portraits of terrier breeds, Recumbent Foxhound and oil on canvas of a Deerhound by Sir Edwin Landseer are on permanent display here.

The museum also consists of a gift shop which offers a range of items of various breeds including T-shirts, postcards, magnets and stationery in addition to novelty features such as puzzles and games. During the holiday seasons the shop offers attractive discounts.

Visitors can find over 3000 books as well as dog-related reading material in the Hope A. Levy Memorial Library of the museum. An array of historically significant publications such as Robert Leighton’s Dogs and All About Them and The Illustrated Book of the Dog by Vero Shaw are also housed at this library. These publications are deemed as invaluable for those researching canine history. Young visitors are also bound to find book collections with innumerable points of interest.

Open year-round, the museum hosts a special program titled Guest Dog of the Week on weekends, during the time period from March to October. Begun in 1987, the program sees the arrival of responsible pet owners with their canine companions by invitation. Museum’s visitors get to meet these dogs and can raise questions regarding rescue programs, dog ownership, breed temperament and more.

The Museum also offers outdoor and indoor rental space ideal for dog-related events, business meetings, seminars, private parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and more.

Overall, the museum is dedicated to the preservation, collection and interpretation of literature, artifacts and the art of the canine for educational purposes as well as for aesthetic enjoyment. The museum mainly seeks to highlight the significance of the relationship between human and dog.

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