Hood Museum of Art

Update for the weeks beginning Dec. 11 and 18, 2017

Hood Museum Expansion and Renovation

The Hood Museum, recognized for seamlessly integrating its collections into the Dartmouth educational experience, is undergoing an ambitious renovation and expansion project designed to address space limitations for its programs and collections. The renovation and expansion will increase floor size by 50 percent and triple student classroom visits to more than 6,000 a year, and most importantly, ensure that the museum fulfills its mission to create a learning environment that fosters transformative educational encounters with art for everyone. Construction will last through the start of winter term 2018. The museum is expected to re-open in 2019. 

What is happening:

  • Exterior brick work is complete on west and south facades and is well underway on the north and east facades.
  • Mechanical system equipment, lighting, ductwork, sprinklers and piping installations are underway throughout the building.
  • Internal walls, partitions, ceilings and art hanging walls are underway throughout the building.
  • Walls and ceilings are being finished and prepped for painting in the renovated galleries.  New galleries are being inspected to finalize closing up shafts and pipe spaces.
  • Windows have been set on the third floor and continue throughout the building.
  • There will be some targeted demolition of site elements between the Hop and the Hood later this month and next. Expect some noise and hammering.
  • Mechanical system start-ups and testing/commissioning will begin in late December and continuing through January and February.

Staff is expected to return to the building in mid-March of 2018 to begin the process of receiving art that has been loaned to other institutions or stored off-site.

The walk-way from Wheelock to Lebanon St. is expected to be open by late Spring 2018 when final landscaping is complete.  

What to expect:

  • Regular weekday work will begin at 7 a.m.  There will also be occasional weekend work.  Be aware of vehicles leaving and entering the construction site through marked gates. 
  • For those traveling between East Wheelock Street and Lebanon Street, pedestrians are directed through the Hopkins Center, while bicyclists are directed to use Crosby Street. Refer to the detailed map Detour map.

More Information

For more details and project photos, visit the Hood Museum of Art project site or the Hood Museum Expansion site