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Warrior Dogs

April 3 - August 25

$5 – $15
A German shepherd wearing a working dog vest shakes hands with a person.

Honoring the service and sacrifice of the American military and working dogs, Napa Valley Museum’s Warrior Dogs exhibition takes a deep dive into the heroic partnership between military dogs, their trainers, handlers and veterinarians, and other soldiers with whom they serve.

The exhibition includes 16 lifesize wooden sculptures by acclaimed artist James Mellick, includingCairo, who deployed to Afghanistan with the U.S. Navy SEAL Team for the Bin Laden raid. A kid-friendly “petting dog” sculpture by James Mellick is also included.

Visitors of all ages will learn about the history of dogs in combat, about puppies “born to be brave,” their selection, training and specialized combat gear, and the handlers and trainers who make them battle-ready. Discover, through rare photos and stories, the extraordinary bonds warrior dogs share with the armed forces they serve and protect.

A portion of the exhibition is dedicated to working dogs serving with Veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress, First Responders, aw Enforcement Firefighters, and other civilian forces.

Support the Museum and the Tug McGraw Foundation by shopping exclusive Warrior Dog merchandise in the Museum Store and online, and adorn your own canine warrior!

Important Exhibition Note: Some exhibition sculptures depict images that could be sensitive for children and Veterans. Visitor discretion is advised.

Operating days/hours:

Wednesday – Sunday
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Closed Monday – Tuesday

The exhibit runs through August 25, 2024 in the main gallery.

Warrior Dogs is a family-friendly exhibition for humans. For the safety of visitors and the preservation of objects on loan, only Service Animals* are allowed in the galleries.

There will be special events, however, where animal companions and pets will be welcomed on the outdoor patio and Museum Terrace. Visit the Museum’s website and sign up for the newsletter to be notified of these events!

*a service animal is defined by the ADA as a Dog that has been individually trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability. Certain dogs from K-9 and other law enforcement units will be welcomed in the galleries by prior arrangement with the Museum. Please contact


April 3
August 25
$5 – $15
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Napa Valley Museum
55 Presidents Circle
Yountville, CA 94599
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