History, art and dogs get their due at museums opening this year

This year will continue a trend of museums

The new year brings new opportunities for travelers with the opening and expansion of museums in cities large and small. This year will continue a trend of museums targeting niche audiences with displays and subjects that are “specialized, experiential and focused on connecting to the visitor on a personal level,” says Ally LaBriola of MuseumHack.com, which offers unconventional museum tours and experiences around the country. She shares some openings that have the company’s staff excited.  

American Kennel Club Museum of the Dog, New York City

Man’s best friend gets a home when the American Kennel Club moves to Manhattan early this year. The museum, which is relocating from St. Louis, will include hundreds of canine paintings, sculptures and porcelain figures. But this is no stuffy art gallery – dogs are welcome too. “It’s a lot of people’s favorite topic,” LaBriola says. 

Also opening in New York City: the Poster House, devoted to the history and display of posters, an art form dating to the start of the industrial revolution. posterhouse.org

National Children’s Museum, Washington

Debuting this summer, this kid-focused museum aims to find its audience in the middle of the gallery-packed capital. It will offer interactive exhibits focusing on science, technology, arts and math experiences, along with a massive indoor climbing structure. “It’s steps from the National Mall, a prime location,” LaBriola says. 

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