New entrance for Hood Museum to left of Hopkins Center

Worth Knowing: Celebration next week for Hood Downtown and preview of new museum

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Dartmouth College's Hood Museum of Art has been closed or partially closed since 2016 as it has undergone a transformation by way of renovation and expansion. The original 40,000-square-foot postmodern building included ten galleries, a study-storage facility, and administrative spaces, as well as a 204-seat auditorium. The new Hood Museum will include three technology-enhanced object-study rooms within a state-of-the-art object-study center, five new galleries, allowing the Hood to display portions of its collections that are not shown on a regular basis, and the construction of a dramatic new entrance, visible from the Green.

The renovation and expansion will cost $50 million when complete and will add 40 percent more space - 16,350 square feet - to the Hood's footprint. 

While the Hood has been under construction, Dartmouth opened up a satellite museum - Hood Downtown - to stay connected with its art-starved patrons and to present an ambitious series of exhibitions featuring contemporary artists from around the world. What a lovely surprise it has been for many to happen upon a first-rate art exhibition in the middle of a college town. The Hood Downtown has been a gift.  

Hood Downtown on Main Street in Hanover

With the re-opening of the Hood Museum finally in sight in January 2019, Dartmouth is throwing a Hood Downtown celebration on Thursday, September 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. to provide attendees with a sneak peek at what's coming with the new museum. At the celebration there will be live music, refreshments and giveaways. Remarks will be at 7:00 pm. Come see what's waiting for you in January!

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