The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth enables and cultivates transformative encounters with works of artistic and cultural significance to advance critical thinking and enrich people’s lives.

To realize this purpose for all, we:

  • articulate the character and value of encountering original works of art and material culture;
  • promote engaged learning, creative activity, and meaningful scholarship;
  • create challenging and exploratory interactions with art and artists to spark curiosity and develop fresh insights into the world around us;
  • present open fora for discourse and discovery;
  • collaborate to acquire, catalogue, curate, and preserve our collection; and
  • respond to the needs and interests of our audiences.

The galleries are now closed for expansion and renovation, but programming continues!

Hood Downtown

The Hood Downtown exhibition space, located at 53 Main Street, Hanover, NH, is free and open to the public. During the museum's closure, Hood Downtown will present an ambitious series of exhibitions featuring contemporary artists from around the world.

Toyin Ojih Odutola: The Firmament

June 8–September 2, 2018
Stories take center stage in Toyin Ojih Odutola’s drawings. She catches her characters at quiet moments captured from otherwise rich and complex lives. Short on specifics and long on allusion, the narratives she evokes suggest a wide emotional range. We are not meant to know exactly what takes place in these lives, but we are invited into their private spaces and we share an implied intimacy with many of them. Ojih Odutola allows us to peek, but not pry, into the lives of those who occupy her personal firmament. The artist establishes a compassionate confrontation between viewer and subject through the use of scale and through her extraordinary mark-making technique that draws us close to her surfaces. Many of the drawings are life-sized, some even full-length. This reinforces an uncanny sense that we share a space with her subjects; it also establishes an equivalence between viewer and subject.

Summer 2018 Hood Downtown Hours
Wednesday–Saturday: 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. 
Sunday: 1:00–5:00 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday: Closed

Contact the Museum

Office hours: Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m., except holidays
Hood Downtown: (603) 646-2900
Offices: (603) 646-2808

Fax: (603) 646-1400

Email: [email protected]

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

Friends of the Hood Museum of Art

The encouragement, contributions, and participation of our supporters help this institution enrich lives through art. Our admission has always been free, and we are pleased to announce that membership is now free too, thanks to the Friends of the Hood Museum of Art program!

Why offer free membership? We believe it is the right thing to do for our members. As a cultural institution that serves Dartmouth, the Upper Valley, and the greater alumni and museum community around the world, the Hood wants to be open and accessible to all. Having free membership makes belonging possible for everyone.

It's free and easy to become a Friend today!

All current members are automatically Friends of the Hood Museum of Art. Rather than paying membership dues upfront, we are asking that our Friends consider an annual contribution to the Friends of the Hood. These donations are 100% tax deductible and directly support Hood exhibitions, programs, and services. We will reach out to you late each year for your support, but you can give at any time.