Founded in New York, the Dog Museum of America is now in St. Louis, and boasts some of the most famous works of art depicting dogs.

The Dog Museum of America is not only the only fine arts museum devoted to the dog in the United States, it is the only such museum in the world dedicated to man’s best friend.

It was founded in New York in 1982 and was moved to St. Louis in 1986. It is housed in the historic Jarville House (1853) in Queeny Park.

The museum owns close to 2,000 works of art — paintings, sculptures, ceramic figurines, pastels, prints, drawings and photographs — fewer than half of which are on display at any given time, director Barbara Jedda McNab says.

Several works are by major 19th century artists, including canvases by Sir Edwin Landseer, Queen Victoria’s favorite painter, and sculptures by Antoine-Louis Barye, the leading French animal sculptor.

For more, visit the Dog Museum of America website.