Hood Museum of Art

Update for the two weeks beginning June 18 and 25, 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:

  • Staff has returned to the building, and the first few galleries have been turned over for reinstallation purposes.
  • The life safety and security systems are fully enabled and active.
  • New wood floors that unify the new and existing galleries are complete; finishes and specialty items continue to be installed in the remaining areas under construction.
  • The vitrine window, a key focal point of the new building, is awaiting materials/parts that have been delayed. Work on the vitrine window will resume as soon as they arrive.
  • Furniture delivery and assembly is underway throughout the building.
  • Final landscaping and the opening of the walkway between Lebanon and Wheelock streets will occur in the fall.

The Museum's grand opening is scheduled for Jan. 26, 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 Expansion Update site