6 dog museums around the world

September 2, 2018

  • Dog museums are becoming popular around the world, with two new museums opening up in the US and Germany this year.

  • They're great places to enjoy the company of some cute canines.

  • AFAR compiled a list of six places to check out.

The year 2018 was a good one for dog museums. Two new spaces devoted to humankind’s best friend opened in Germany and the United States, celebrating dachshunds, poodles, golden retrievers, and the whole gamut.

These spots joined several other dog-inspired exhibitions worth sniffing out around the world. From Japan to Switzerland, here are six museums devoted to dogs that are the perfect places for canine-lovers to ogle over our furry, four-legged friends.


Featuring the 1st Dog museum


Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard


The living museum, located in the former armory next to the Roman amphitheater and the community center, brings visitors together as they share in the world of the legendary Saint Bernard dogs from the Great St. Bernard.


St. Bernard dogs, known for their expertise in rescuing lost or injured mountaineers, were first bred in Switzerland during the 17th century by monks living along the Great St. Bernard Pass. Today, those original dogs’ descendants continue to be bred at Barryland, a St. Bernard center at the foot of the Swiss Alps that also houses a museum known as the Musée et Chiens du Saint-Bernard. Founded in 2006, the museum tells the history of Switzerland’s national dog through kid-friendly displays of literature and art. Barryland’s main allure however, is the real group of dogs onsite. The ground floor houses kennels connected to an outdoor area where litters of St. Bernards romp around freely. To visitors’ delight, petting the pups is permitted.

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