An anonymous donor has committed $10 million to Dartmouth’s Hood Museum of Art to create a Museum Learning Center—the centerpiece of a major expansion and renovation of the Hood, slated to begin in spring 2016.
With this gift, the Hood’s Board of Overseers and other museum patrons have committed $28 million toward the $50 million goal to complete the renovation, which, if funding is fully secured, will increase the existing 39,000-square-foot building by 15,000 square feet—radically increasing the museum’s gallery and teaching spaces and creating a prominent new entrance.
The expansion project will allow the Hood to display more of its collection, provide a better visitor experience, and meet the increasing demand for teaching with original works of art. Plans call for the expanded museum to open to the public in the fall of 2018.
The renovation project, announced in 2012, will be designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and is part of Dartmouth’s overarching vision to establish a vibrant Arts and Innovation District on campus.