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Dartmouth College
Phone: 603.646.2808
Website: http://hoodmuseum.dartmou

Hood Museum Of Art - Dartmouth College

The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College is one of the oldest and largest college museums in the country and strives to inspire, educate, and collaborate with its college and broader communities about creativity and imagination, through direct engagement with works of art of historic and cultural significance. The award-winning post-modern building designed by Charles Moore and Chad Floyd of Centerbrook Architects was completed in 1985, yet the museum’s collections stretch back to 1772, three years after Dartmouth College was founded.

Permanent Collection

Numbering some 65,000 objects, the Hood’s collections are rich and diverse, presenting art from ancient cultures, the Americas, Europe, Africa, Papua New Guinea, and many other regions of the world. Ancient highlights include the magnificent ninth-century BCE reliefs from the Assyrian palace of Arshurnasirpal II and a Panathenaic amphora by the Berlin Painter.

African art at the Hood, which is particularly strong in West African masks and wooden figural sculptures, has been complemented recently by several sacred objects from Tanzania as well as Hover(2003), a spectacular work made from the discarded aluminum seals of liquor bottles woven together with copper wire by El Anatsui.

The collections are especially rich in American art, with excellent portraits, landscapes, genre paintings, and sculptures by noted American artists including William Merritt Chase, Maria Oakey Dewing, Harriet Hosmer, Eastman Johnson, Willard Metcalf, Frederic Remington, John Sloan, Lilly Martin Spencer, Thomas Sully, and Abbott Thayer.

European works including works by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Pompeo Batoni, and Jan Davidsz. de Heem, Perugino, and Carle Vanloo, as well as more than three thousand Old Master and nineteen-century prints by Goya, Rembrandt, and DĂĽrer, to name a few.

Modern and contemporary art at the Hood includes the work of such recognized artists as Jean Dubuffet, Wassily Kandinsky, Yves Klein, Sol Lewitt, Robert Motherwell, Georgia O’Keefe, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko, Edward Rushca, Bill Viola, Lorna Simpson, and Sean Scully.

Access to works of art is provided through permanent collections displays, the online collections database, special exhibitions, th...+ [ Read all ]


For a complete list of past, current, and upcoming exhibitions, visit the Hood’s web site:

From Discovery to Dartmouth:
The Assyrian Reliefs at the Hood Museum of Art, 1856–2006
October 19, 2006–June 17, 2007
The Assyrian reliefs on display in the Hood are one of Dartmouth’s most prized possessions in the realm of art and culture. Originally part of the decorative scheme of the Northwest Palace of King Ashurnasirpal II (883–859 BCE) in Nimrud, Iraq, the six large reliefs depict a ritual performance undertaken by the king, with human and supernatural beings in attendance. This special installation includes interactive 3D computer reconstructions by Learning Sites, Inc. presenting them in their original contexts.

This exhibition was organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, and was generously funded by the Bernard R. Siskind 1955 Fund and the Cissy Patterson Fund. It is accompanied by a symposium co-organized by the Department of Art History and the Hood Museum of Art and sponsored by the Fannie and Alan Leslie Center for the Humanities at Dartmouth College, the Hood Museum of Art, and the Departments of Art History, Anthropology, Religion, and Jewish Studies.

Thin Ice: Inuit Traditions within a Changing Environment
January 27–May 13, 2007
The Hood’s collection of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century objects reveals Inuit involvement with their environment, their highly specialized hunting techniques, their economic use of available materials, and the ingenious technology of their hunting equipment and beliefs. While these objects convey much about the past existence of Inuit people, they also have ...+ [ Read all ]


Admission to the museum and all public programs is free.

Assistive listening devices are available for all events. The museum, including the Arthur M. Loew Auditorium, is wheelchair accessible. For accessibility requests, call (603) 646-2809, or e-mail Access-Hood@Mac.dartmouth.edu

Opening hours

The Hood Museum of Art and Museum Shop are open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.; closed Monday.

The museum and museum shop will be closed March 12-26 for annual building maintenance, and July 4, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Getting there

From the Boston area (about 2.5 hours)
Take I-93 north to I-89 north at Concord, NH. Get off I-89 at Exit 18 in Lebanon, NH, onto Rt. 120. Bear right off the exit, heading north into Hanover. After 4.1 miles Rt. 120 forks at a traffic light. Bear right at the fork, following Rt. 120 one-half mile on South Park Street to the second traffic light. Turn left at the light, onto East Wheelock Street. After two-tenths of a mile, you will come to the Hopkins Center for the Arts (left) and the Dartmouth Green (right). The Hood Museum of Art is set back from the street through the archway to the left.
From Burlington, VT (about 1.5 hours):
Take I-89 south to I-91 north in White River Junction, VT. See following directions.
From New York (about 5 hours), southern New England, and points south:
Take I-91 north to exit 13 at Norwich, VT. Bear right off the exit and cross the bridge. Continue up the hill (West Wheelock Street) to the traffic light in the center of town. Go straight through this intersection; the Green will be on your left, and on your right will be the Hanover Inn, the Hopkins Center, and the Hood Museum of Art (which is set back from the street).
Local Airports
Lebanon Municipal Airport, Lebanon, NH
Manchester International Airport, Manchester, NH

Parking and Accessibility
Metered public parking is available in front of the museum on Wheelock Street and behind the museum on Lebanon Street. An all-day public parking garage is also located on Lebanon Street.
Accessible parking is located near both of the entrances to the Hood. Behind the museum there are spaces in the parking lot off Lebanon Street on the east side of Spaulding Auditorium. From ther...+ [ Read all ]


Hood Museum of Art Shop
The Hood Museum of Art Shop, located just outside the main entrance to the museum, offers a lively and diverse assortment of books, gifts, and jewelry that reflects the museum's permanent collection and current exhibitions. Catalogues from past and present Hood exhibitions are available. The shop is open during regular museum hours. You may also browse online through our selection of museum publications and exhibition catalogues.

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The Hood offers a diverse range of programs and events for adults, teens, families, and regional schools throughout the year, in addition to programs for Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff. Lectures, gallery talks, receptions, workshops, and guided tours of the collections and special exhibitions are offered frequently. Recent lectures have included Fred Wilson, historian Simon Schama, and author Jonathan Harr. Please monitor the Hood’s website, www.hoodmuseum.dartmouth.edu, for this year’s engaging events, including a ceremonial performance by artist Wenda Gu in June and a series of American art lectures and gallery talk in summer and fall.