K-12 Educators

Welcome back! The Hood Museum is now open to school and community audiences.

Contact the Education Department via email or call (603) 646-2131.

School Tours

Visit the museum in person – or virtually – this school year!

Engagement with works of art encourages students to investigate ideas. It fosters critical and interdisciplinary thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Above all, a museum experience is designed to nurture wonder and curiosity in students of all ages.

Tours can focus on a particular exhibition, collection, or explore a theme across cultures and time.

Suggested Thematic Tour Topics

Materiality: Tour the collection by media, choosing a particular type (painting, ceramics, printmaking, etc.), or a general tour that includes a variety of materials and processes.

Environment and Sustainability: Spend time exploring works that ask students to consider their relationship to the earth and their role in creating a sustainable environment.

Indigeneity: Introduce students to works of art by Indigenous artists from around the world.

Histories: This tour will introduce students to the perspectives of Indigenous, African, African American, Asian, and Latinx artists as they explore identity and challenge Western representations of their histories and cultures.

Click here to begin planning your tour experience.

Programs for Educators

The museum offers many opportunities throughout the year for professional development. Contact hours toward recertification are provided for all experiences. For more information, contact Hood.Museum.Tours@dartmouth.edu.

Evening for Educators

Evening for Educators is an annual event to thank regional teachers for their service to and engagement with the museum.

Educator Happy Hours

Educator Happy Hours occur several times throughout the year. They are informal opportunities to visit a new exhibition, try out gallery activities, and discuss art and ideas with colleagues and refreshments.

Multiple-Visit Programs

The Hood Museum of Art offers two multiple-visit programs for elementary school students: ArtStart (for grades 1–3) and Images (for grades 4–6). Each program offers a journey of discovery, creativity, and expression. Guided explorations and interactive teaching in the museum enable students to develop critical-thinking skills for interpreting works of art and relating them to their lives.


Images is a program offered for regional elementary school students in grades 4 through 6 that brings groups to the museum five times during the year. Each visit includes time in the galleries, where students learn from and discuss original works of art with a professional museum educator. Afterward, in the studio, students complete a hands-on art project that relates to what they looked at and learned in the galleries.

Images is an innovative art education program that provides students with valuable skills for analyzing and interpreting works of art and increases their understanding and appreciation of the history, customs, beliefs, and artistic traditions of cultures and peoples from around the world.

Our Images program guide provides additional information about the program, including the topics of the five museum visits.


ArtStart is a multiple-visit program designed for students in grades 1 through 3. Participants visit the museum four times during the year. During each visit, students spend time in the galleries exploring art objects from around the world and in the studio creating their own works of art.

Our ArtStart program guide provides additional information about the program, including the topics of the four museum visits.