Hood Museum of Art

Update for the two weeks beginning Oct. 15 and 22, 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:

  • The existing galleries and the majority of the new galleries have been turned over to Hood staff, who are installing art in all galleries.
  • 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 complete for the offices and the final pieces will be installed in the classrooms and lobby in early Oct.
  • The campus infrastructure project to provide hot and chilled water to the arts district is now complete - allowing the landscaping work to proceed.
  • Final landscaping is underway and the opening of the promenade between Lebanon and Wheelock streets will occur in late December.

The Museum's grand opening is scheduled for Jan. 26, 2019.

What to expect:

  • Regular weekday work will begin at 7 a.m. 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