Hood Museum of Art

About the Project

The Hood Museum of Art reopened in January 2019 after a multi-year renovation and expansion project that increased the museum’s capacity to study, teach from, and view its collections. The $50 million redesign by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien increased the Hood’s floor size by 50 percent to 62,400 square feet.

Recognized as one of the world’s most dynamic teaching museums, the Hood’s collections span six continents and three millenia, including work by African American, Native American, contemporary Aboriginal Australian and Asian artists that have been traditionally overlooked. Dartmouth students and faculty have access to the majority of the 65,000 works in the Hood’s collection, and faculty members work with academic programming staff to select groups of objects and develop pedagogical strategies for each class session. 

The expansion tripled the Hood’s teaching capacity from one small study-storage room to three smart object-study classrooms, each designed to accommodate a particular type of experiential engagement with objects of aesthetic and cultural significance. The museum’s galleries were also expanded by a third, and a new public lobby serves as a forum for the college’s arts and innovation initiatives, as well as a welcoming entry into the new museum and object-study center.

Project Milestones

  • Conceptual design begins: Summer, 2014
  • Collection moves out: November 2015 – May 2016
  • Construction: July 2016 – February 2018
  • Acclimatization period: February – May 2018
  • Collection returns and galleries installed: May – December 2018
  • Hood Museum reopens: Winter 2019