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 galleries are now closed for expansion and renovation, but programming continues!
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.
Spring 2017 Hood Downtown Hours:
Monday & Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Offices: 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
Hood Museum of Art
6 East Wheelock Street
Hanover, NH 03755
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.