Hood Museum of Art

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.

Major Project Milestones

  • 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

How the Hood Remains Engaged During Construction

While the museum is under construction, John Stomberg, the Virginia Rice Kelsey 1961s Director of the Hood, says, “The Hood will continue to be part of campus life. I’m eager for us to have an active, noticeable presence during this time. We won’t go dark.”

  • The Hood will open and operate Hood Downtown, an exhibition gallery space on Main Street in Hanover, starting in September 2016. The space will present an ambitious series of exhibitions featuring contemporary artists from around the world.
  • Special programs and exhibitions will also be held in alternative spaces around campus and in leased space in downtown Hanover. Educational programming for area K-12 schools will continue in Wilson Hall.
  • 47 works from its collections will be on loan in 17 museums around the country.
  • The museum’s online catalog will be further developed, allowing students and faculty to continue using the catalog for research.