The Museum Of Dog In North Adams Celebrates Man's Best Friend

The Museum Of Dog In North Adams Celebrates Man's Best Friend

Dina Fantegrossi ·

Life-long dog lover, David York has been collecting and receiving pup-themed art and memorabilia for decades. Rather than put his collection in storage when he sold his Connecticut home, he decided to share it with the world.

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During his real estate search, York fell in love with the Berkshires and North Adams.

“I’d visited Great Barrington and other parts of the Berkshires," he told Boston.com. "While I was considering accepting the offer on my Connecticut house, I visited North Adams to see the new addition of Mass Museum of Contemporary Art. I was so impressed with the new Building 6 and the other projects underway in the area, I decided it would be a perfect home for my next venture.’’

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He settled on a cozy location on Union Street and began designing the Museum of Dog!

The space opened its doors in March and features paintings, sculptures, and unique pieces like a pair of century-old dog collars and canine-shaped cufflinks. 

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York has an extensive collection of photographs by William Wegman, famous for photographing Weimeraners, as well as sculptures by Mary Engel and Kathy Ruttenberg.

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Upcoming exhibits include Seismic Dogs of New Madrid, a tribute to the earthquake recovery dogs that selflessly risk their lives to find survivors following disasters; and Chew, which will feature a collection of gnawed objects created by real dogs and submitted by their humans.

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Sadly, the Museum of Dog is not open to the very species it was created to honor, but does offer special dog-friendly tours from time to time.

Human guests can make their way to 55 Union Street on their own or hitch a ride in one of York's two custom limousines, emblazoned with car-length dachshund silhouettes!

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Museum hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Admission is just $5 for adults and $1 children. Learn more about the exhibits and their history by visiting www.museumofdog.com