Hood Museum of Art

Update for the two weeks beginning August 13 and 20, 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 majority of the new galleries will be turned over to staff by the end of August.
  • Art installation continues.
  • The life safety, fire alarm and security systems are fully enabled and active.
  • Finishes and targeted specialty items continue to be installed and tweaked as the remaining interior work moves toward completion this fall.
  • The vitrine window, a key focal point of the new building, is awaiting materials/parts that have been delayed. Work on the vitrine window and finishing the vitrine gallery will resume as soon as they arrive.
  • Furniture delivery and assembly is underway throughout the building.
  • The campus infrastructure project to provide hot and chilled water to the arts district is expected to be complete in Aug./Sept.
  • Final landscaping is underway and the opening of the walkway between Lebanon and Wheelock streets will occur in November.

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