About the Project
The Hood Museum of Art is one of the world's most dynamic teaching museums, widely celebrated for the seamless integration of its collections into the Dartmouth educational experience. The museum gives students access to its 65,000-object collection and provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to participate in the Hood's operations, such as by curating exhibitions and acquiring works.
The museum hosts more than 8,000 student visits each year, and offers more than 100 special programs, exhibitions, lectures, and gallery talks throughout the year. Most of these events are open to the public. All of this activity has stretched the Hood's ability to meet its mission. Demand to study, teach from and view the museum's collection has surpassed the capacity of our current facilities.
The Hood Museum of Art renovation and expansion project will provide new gallery space and technologically advanced learning facilities, and will allow increased access to the collection by students and faculty. The project will create three new state-of-the-art object-study rooms in the new Center for Object-Based Inquiry. The Center will be equipped with smart technology and capable of accommodating a range of class sizes, and the new galleries will allow the museum to showcase collections that do not currently have dedicated space. Components of the project include:
- Creation of a new front entrance and lobby with visibility from the Green and Wheelock Street
- Provision of basic visitor amenities, including restrooms, coat and bag storage, etc.
- Increased gallery space
- A new Center for Object-Based Inquiry that will triple the museum's capacity to fulfill its teaching mission
- Repairs to building envelope and replacement of HVAC systems, which are critical to maintaining appropriate environmental conditions.
The Hood project is being coordinated with the Hopkins Center planning study to create a unified arts district.