BALLWIN, Mo. (KMOX/AP) – Call it a doggone shame for the St. Louis region.
A museum dedicated to dogs that has been housed in St. Louis County’s Queeny Park for three decades will be making a move to New York City next year.
The American Kennel Club, which has donated over $4.5 million over the years to ensure the museum’s continuation, made the announcement Friday morning.
“It is a shame that it’s going away,” says executive director Stephen A. George. “Personally, I’m disappointed that the museum’s going to move. The staff feels the same way. It’s a real asset to St. Louis.”
George, a lifelong St. Louisan, will not be making the transition to the Big Apple, opting instead to retire when the museum moves next year.
The museum includes about 4,000 works of art showcasing dogs throughout history, and of course dogs are allowed inside.
In fact, George isn’t sure who’s going to be more disappointed about the impending move — owners or their dogs.
“The dogs that are here on a regular basis go right to the front desk because they know they’re going to get a dog biscuit,” he tells KMOX News.
The AKC says the museum will move to the city headquarters for the American Kennel Club, where the museum first opened in 1982 before later moving to St. Louis County.
They believe the move will allow many more visitors to see the 4,000 pieces of dog-centric art the museum has on display.
“The AKC Museum of the Dog houses one of the largest collections of dog art in the world and is an important part of the AKC’s history and future,” says Ronald H. Menaker, chairman of the board for the American Kennel Club. “New York City is world-renowned for its art and museum culture, and we feel that it is the perfect place to house a museum and education interactive learning center as a destination.”
The museum had about 6,000 paid admissions last year.
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