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 Maffei Arts Plaza, with Ellsworth Kelly’s Dartmouth Panels (2012) at left.

A young visitor enjoys the exhibition Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art at the Hood Museum of Art.

Participants in a Family Day explore the exhibition Crossing Cultures: The Owen and Wagner Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Art at the Hood Museum of Art.

During the opening week of the exhibition Tradition Transformed: Tibetan Artists Respond, monks from the Namgyal Monastery and Institute of Buddhist Studies in Ithaca, New York, created a traditional sand mandala in the galleries of the Hood Museum of Art.

Dartmouth students examine Chinese ceramics in the Bernstein Study-Storage Center.

Admission to the museum is free and open to the public.


Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Sunday, 12:00 noon–5:00 p.m.

Closed on Mondays


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

Fax: (603) 646-1400


For urgent matters when the office is closed, please contact Visitor Services.
Phone: (603) 646-2900

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 scheduled to break ground in 2016.

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. The Hood makes all of its collections available for use by Dartmouth students and faculty in a special classroom setting.

Each year, the Hood offers more than ten special exhibitions and a broad range of events including more than one hundred 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.

Hood Museum