Hood Museum of Art

Update for the two weeks beginning March 19 and 26, 2018

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 the west and south facades and is proceeding to the cantilever and vitrine area in the coming weeks.
  • Lighting and device installation are underway throughout the building.
  • Internal walls, partitions, ceilings and art hanging walls are underway throughout the building.
  • New wood floors that will unify the new and existing galleries are being installed.
  • Walls and ceilings are being finished and prepped for painting in the new and renovated galleries.
  • Windows have been set throughout the building. Storefronts are anticipated in early March.
  • The vitrine window, a key focal point of the new building, has been installed and exterior cladding is underway.
  • Mechanical system start-ups and testing/commissioning will continue through February and March.
  • Furniture installation is anticipated in late March/early April.

Staff is expected to return to the building in April of 2018 to begin the complex process of receiving and setting up 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 Summer 2018 when final landscaping is complete. The Museum will re-open in the first quarter of 2019.

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