Dartmouth College’s Hood Museum of Art has been collecting for over two centuries, yet it only found itself a permanent home less than three decades ago. It’s a fine thing that it ultimately did; the Hood is one of the finest college museums in the country. The permanent collection is broad and varied, with a particular concentration in African and Native American art; over all, the collection touches on artistic eras stretching from the 9th century BCE to the present day. An essential highlight for visitors, Jose Clemente Orozco’s mural The Epic of American Civilization, hangs in the Baker-Berry Library; don’t let that stop you from venturing over to take a look.
The award-winning museum building contains ten galleries and the Arthur M. Loew auditorium downstairs, which hosts frequent lectures and film series. Family-oriented workshops are offered on selected weekends; adults can avail themselves of a myriad of lectures, group tours, gallery talks and receptions.
Hood Museum of Art Information
- Public Transportation: Good (Blue, Red, Orange and Green Advance Transit bus lines run to Dartmouth; Dartmouth Shuttle also available)
- Handicapped Access: Good
- Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m–5 p.m.; Wednesday 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Sunday Noon–5 p.m. Closed Mondays
- Admission: Free
- Membership: Packages begin at $50 and range to $10,000 or more; “friends” of Hood ($50-$99) are entitled to discounts at the museum shop, a subscription to the HMA Quarterly, and invites to special members-only events.