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Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College

Wheelock Street
Hanover, New Hampshire

Phone: 603 646 2808

Statement of Purpose:


Recognized by the American Association of Museums as "a national model," the Hood Museum of Art is one of the oldest and largest college museums in the country, housing an outstanding collection of works of art and artifacts and presenting a lively and diverse schedule of exhibitions and educational programs. As the only institution of its kind in the region, the museum serves as a vital cultural resource for the students, faculty, and staff of Dartmouth College as well as the many rural communities of the Upper Connecticut River Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont.

The Hood Museum of Art building, which opened in 1985, was designed by award-winning architects Charles W. Moore and Chad Floyd of Centerbrook Architects. In 1987 the building received the American Institute of Architects Honor Award, the highest recognition for design excellence in the architectural profession.

Major Collections:

The Dartmouth collection represents nearly every area of art history and ethnography and is particularly strong in:

* African art
* Oceanic art
* Native North American art
* early American silver
* nineteenth- and twentieth-century American painting
* European Old Master and nineteenth- and twentieth-century prints
* contemporary art

**Note: Not all of the following collections are on view. Please call for more information.

A set of Assyrian reliefs from the Northwest Palace of Ashurnasirpal II at Nimrud (883-­859 B.C. E.).

* The largest mural by José Clemente Orozco in this country, The Epic of American Civilization (1932-­34), housed in Baker Library.

* A major collection of nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century landscape paintings of the White Mountains region of New Hampshire.

* The Harry A. Franklin Family Collection of Oceanic Art, which numbers approximately 1,300 objects.

* Extensive holdings of works by the American painters John Sloan and Paul Sample.

* Works by modern masters including Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Mark Rothko, Georgia O'Keefe, Wassily Kandinsky, Joan Miro, Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, and Alexander Calder.

* The Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Weil, Jr. Collection of Old Master Prints, including images by Rembrandt, Dürer, and others.



Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Wednesday, 10am to 9 pm; Sunday, 12 noon to 5 pm.

Museum Shop: Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4 pm; Wednesday, 10 am t0 9 pm; Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, 12 noon to 5 pm.

Admission & Directions:


The museum is located on the campus of Dartmouth College on Wheelock Street, adjacent to the Hopkins Center for the Performing Arts.

By car
From Interstate 91 take exit 13 into Hanover.
From Interstate 89 take exit 18 and follow Route 120 north approximately 5 miles into Hanover, turning left onto Wheelock Street.

By air
Service by several major airlines is available to the Lebanon, NH, Regional Airport, located approximately 15 minutes by car from Hanover.

Metered public parking is available in front of the museum on Wheelock Street and behind the museum on Lebanon Street


Key Personnel:

Derrick R. Cartwright, Director

Barbara MacAdam, Curator of American Art; Barbara Thompson, Curator of African, Oceanic, and Native American Collections; T. Barton Thurber, Curator of European Art; Katherine Hart, Barbara C. and Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming, Juliette Bianco, Exhibitions Manager, Richard Gombar, Chief Preparator; Nancy McLain, Business Manager; Leslely Wellman, Curator of Education, Kellen Haak, Collections Manager/Registrar

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