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The Museum

The Hood Museum of Art is a teaching museum. Our mission is to create an ideal learning environment that fosters transformative encounters with works of art.

The south façade of the Hood Museum of Art and Maffei Arts Plaza with Kiki Smith's Refuge. Ellsworth Kelly's Dartmouth Panels are just visible through the foliage at left.

The museum's south facade with Kiki Smith's Refuge (2014). Photo by Alison Palizzolo.

A quiet moment with Mark di Suvero's X-Delta, 1970. Photo by Eli Burakian.

A quiet moment with Mark di Suvero's X-Delta, 1970. Photo by Eli Burakian.

A Family Day event in conjunction with the exhibition In Residence: Contemporary Artists at Dartmouth​.

Museum visitors in the exhibition "Eric Aho: Ice Cuts" during the opening event. Photo by Rob Strong.

Visitors enjoy the exhibition Eric Aho: Ice Cuts. Photo by Rob Strong.

Participants in the Hood's Images multi-visit program create their own sculptures following a tour of public art on campus.

The galleries are now closed for expansion and renovation.

Hood Downtown Fall 2016 Hours

Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. 
Sunday: 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Learn more about the Hood Downtown exhibition space.


Offices: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., except holidays
Phone: (603) 646-2808

Fax: (603) 646-1400

Email: hood.museum@dartmouth.edu

Hood Museum of Art
Dartmouth College
6 East Wheelock Street
Hanover, NH 03755

Museum Overview

Dartmouth College has been collecting objects since 1772, just three years after its founding, and there are presently about 65,000 objects in the Hood Museum of Art’s care. This collection is among the oldest and largest of any college or university in the country.

Dartmouth’s collections were housed in five previous museum buildings on campus before Charles Moore and Chad Floyd of Centerbrook Architects designed the Hood Museum of Art. The award-winning postmodern building was completed in 1985. A major renovation and expansion of the galleries and teaching facilities is now underway.

The Hood Museum of Art is, above all, a teaching museum that cultivates direct engagement with works of art within an interdisciplinary setting for visitors of all ages. Each year, the Hood offers special exhibitions and a broad range of events, including lectures, gallery talks, tours, workshops, and family programs, as well as programs for regional schools and special programs for Dartmouth students.

The Hood Museum of Art has a growing number of dedicated members whose support helps to keep admission to the museum and nearly all of its programs free of charge. Please consider joining the museum to enjoy more exclusive benefits.

Harvey P. Hood: Our Founding Benefactor

A longtime trustee of Dartmouth College and a friend and advisor to three Dartmouth presidents, Harvey P. Hood, Class of 1918, endorsed the view that an education must include exposure to the full breadth of human knowledge and experience for the fullness of human potential to be realized. As a distinguished businessman, a loyal and active alumnus, and a supporter of the arts, Harvey Hood exemplified this ideal in his own life. The generous gifts of Harvey P. Hood and his wife, Barbara C. Hood, along with gifts from the Hood family and from other friends of the arts at Dartmouth, have made this museum possible.

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