About the Collection

The Hood Museum of Art offers many opportunities to engage with art from a wide array of cultures and time periods. The collection encompasses important holdings of American, Native American, European, African, and Melanesian art, including a significant collection of indigenous Australian contemporary art and a major archive of photojournalism.

As part of Dartmouth College, the study of objects, whether works of art, artifacts, or natural history specimens, has always been an integral part of the curriculum of the college and Hood Museum. The first reference to the development of a collection at Dartmouth dates to 1772, when Anglo-American scholar and missionary David McClure wrote to the first president of the College, the Reverend Eleazar Wheelock, that he had “collected a few curious Elephant Bones found about six hundred miles down the Ohio, for the young Museum at Dartmouth.”  While most of the natural history collections were transferred to a science museum before the Hood Museum of Art was built in 1985, there remains a diverse collection that allows the Hood, as a teaching museum, to respond effectively to the College’s emphasis on experiential learning.

“Americana: Danger!”, 2018 (2019.14.1), and “Angelo Da Vendemmia – Castle Vase”, 2002 (2019.14.2), were acquired by the Hood Museum of Art in 2018, as part of a major gift by the Kohler Foundation. The pieces were selected for their correlation with Museum’s cultural and educational collections.

The Hood Museum of Art is located in Hanover, NH.