Does the Hood offer guided tours while the galleries are closed?
We currently offer guided tours of public art on campus, including the Orozco fresco located in Baker-Berry Library. Tours are available to Dartmouth faculty and students, K–12 school and college groups, and community members. All tours are free.
How can I stay connected to the Hood when the building is closed for the forthcoming renovation and expansion?
The Hood Museum of Art is preparing for a major renovation and expansion.
While the building is closed, our staff will continue to grow the collection, plan future exhibitions and events, and work with school groups in the Upper Valley. We will hold off-site events for our members and publish regular updates on the expansion, both online and in our quarterly newsletter.
When will the museum reopen?
From excavation to reinstallation, the expansion project will likely continue through 2018, with a gala reopening in 2019 (Dartmouth’s 250th anniversary).
Will you still have programming while the galleries are closed?
Yes! The Hood will continue to offer a variety of public programs, from offsite temporary exhibitions and tours of public art on campus to lectures, film screenings, and symposia in our auditorium, which will remain open through the spring. Our academic programming staff will continue to collaborate with Dartmouth faculty, and we will, as always, train senior interns in all aspects of museum work. The Hood's art studio will be available for art-making activities in conjunction with family events and our multi-visit programs for area schoolchildren. The Hood will also host events for Dartmouth community members across New England and around the country, where various works from the museum's collection will be on loan throughout the expansion project.
For upcoming events, check our Calendar of Events, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and sign up for Hood Happenings, our monthly online newsletter. Become a member to receive the museum’s quarterly magazine.
Will the Hood Museum of Art Auditorium remain functional during the expansion project?
The museum's auditorium will remain open through the spring, then close in advance of actual construction, which is anticipated to begin late this summer.
Will museum events and public art on campus be wheelchair and stroller accessible while the galleries are closed?
The Hood Museum of Art welcomes all visitors and is committed to making its collections and events accessible to all audiences. The Hood Museum of Art Auditorium remains fully accessible, and public art on Dartmouth's campus, including Orozco's Epic of American Civilization in Baker-Berry Library, will be accessible throughout the project, just as it has always been. Accessible parking is available throughout downtown Hanover and Dartmouth's campus in the vicinity of any offsite events the museum may host.
Why will the expansion and renovation project take three years?
Caring for our collection and for our original Charles Moore building throughout the project requires extensive preparation, both as we exit the existing structure and as we reoccupy the expanded Hood Museum of Art. The project schedule allows for approximately 6 months to deinstall and relocate the collection; 18 months for construction, from excavation to finishing touches; 6 months for the galleries to acclimatize, as clean air and effective climate control are essential to the well-being of the works of art; and 6 months to reinstall the collection.
Where are the museum offices located during the expansion project?
The museum offices remain in the museum building for now, and will relocate in the summer of 2016.
Where can I find more information about the expansion project?
Visit the expansion pages on our website for information and updates about the project, or stop by the Hood's Information Hub (opening soon), located in the former museum shop space adjacent to the Hop. There, you can meet museum staff, view a model of the expanded Hood Museum of Art, browse a selection of Hood publications, and pick up a free guide to public art on campus.
Are materials available for self-guided tours of public art on campus?
Audio tours are available for the Orozco mural in Baker Library. Visitors may check out the Orozco audio tours at the Reserve Reading Desk in the Orozco Room. Copies of a free brochure and visitor's guide are also available in the Orozco Room.
Where will the art go while the galleries are closed?
While much of the Hood’s collection will be safely stored offsite for the duration of the construction, nearly fifty works of art will travel to more than a dozen museums throughout the northeast and as far away as Tampa, Fort Worth, and San Francisco. Find out where you can visit works from the Hood's collection during the expansion project.