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The Bernstein Study-Storage Center

The Bernstein Study-Storage Center is now closed for the duration of the museum's expansion and renovation. Our new Center for Object-Based Inquiry is presently scheduled to open in early 2019.

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Dartmouth students from Kes Schroer’s anthropology class Your Inner Chimpanzee complete a personal response card exercise in the Bernstein Study-Storage Center.

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Dartmouth students compare three prints during Chelsey Kivland’s anthropology class The Ethnography of Violence in the Bernstein Study-Storage Center.

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A Dartmouth student compares photographs by Renee Cox and Robert Mapplethorpe during Ayo Coly’s class Colonial and Postcolonial Masculinities.

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Professor Jonathan Mullins and his class Introductory Italian II look at images of childhood in the Bernstein Study-Storage Center.

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Dartmouth students examine ancient coins in the Bernstein Study-Storage Center.

While the Hood, like all museums, can display only a fraction of its holdings in its limited gallery space, the museum is committed to making the majority of its collection available for teaching and research purposes. The Bernstein Study-Storage Center has been a valuable resource for students, faculty, and visiting scholars at Dartmouth, allowing greater and more direct access to the works of art and more flexibility in the ways they can be used for study and teaching.

From 1990 until the museum closed for expansion in 2016, hundreds of Dartmouth courses across a broad range of departments and programs, from anthropology to art history to environmental studies and even the Geisel School of Medicine, used the Hood’s permanent collection to teach and to learn from in the Bernstein Study-Storage Center. 

Our Object-Study Facilities are Expanding!

The centerpiece of the Hood's ongoing expansion and renovation, the museum's new Center for Object-Based Inquiry will:

  • boast three new object-study classrooms to create unparalleled opportunities for study and research in a museum setting
  • address the increased curricular demand for direct engagement with original works of art and material culture
  • integrate technology in the classroom design to contextualize objects through the use of film, the Internet, the Hood’s comprehensive collection database, and other forms of new media
  • allow students to communicate directly with artists, art historians, and critics to delve even more deeply into the creation, context, and meaning of individual works of art.

Learn more about the expansion project.

"Having used study-storage for every single one of the courses I have taught, I can’t say enough how valuable it is and how unusual it is for students and faculty to have such an unobstructed access to works of art in the collection."                  —Mary Coffey, associate professor, art history

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