Our family likes to visits college and university museums because they work well for children being teaching museums. Also the scale is manageable and they're affordable. The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth is one of the best we've ever visited. The man at the front desk was gracious and welcoming. One of the first things we noticed was how well the art is exhibited - the lighting, the grouping and spacing of the works, even the paint colors on the wall - all enhanced the overall experience of viewing the art. The six Assyrian stone reliefs were stunning. It was wonderful to be able to show my sons cuneiform which they had learned about in school but never seen. I even managed to get them to listen to most of the lengthy translation by whispering it to them in a Voldemort/Walter White voice. Other favorite works from our visit were the stunning Saint Barbara statue from the late 1400s and Bob Haozous's contemporary piece, Apache Pull Toy. There are excellent pamphlets called A Closer Look next to some of the art. They are very well done and we enjoyed using them at the museum and reading them more throughly at home.
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