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Art, Music & Walking Paths

Art exhibits and creative arts activities

In addition to the permanent art collection, we have rotating seasonal exhibitions throughout the main hospital building.

We also offer creative arts, one-on-one experiences for adult patients in the hospital, infusion suites, and waiting areas with our Visual Artist, Literary Artist, and Therapeutic Harpist. See samples of our patients' creative writing projects. Learn more about the Arts Program.

Live music

You may have noticed our two pianos, one located near the rotunda on Level 3 and the other located on Level 4 in the East Mall. Volunteers routinely play the two pianos (there are regularly scheduled performances in the rotunda throughout the week). Visitors may play the pianos for a limited time by first obtaining the key from the Main Rotunda or South Information Desks. You may also hear live guitar in the East Mall. Learn more about performing arts at DHMC.

People walking at DHMC

Walking paths

Outdoor paths

The beautiful grounds of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) include two outdoor walking paths. One surrounds the cluster of DHMC buildings inside the loop road. The other, the Albert Schweitzer Walking Trail, will take you through the woods and lies outside the loop road. View the trail map from, a website administered by the Upper Valley Trails Alliance.

Play area

There are also a patio and children's play area off the dining area on Level 2 (PDF).

Inside paths

You can also walk within DHMC on the different levels: 1 mile = 5,280 feet / 1,760-2,640 steps / 13-22 minutes. The following walking maps are provided in PDF format.

Information Desk and Art Half Mile
Route Details:
Feet: 2,638
Steps: 1,055
Miles: .49
Time: 5-11 min

Main Rotunda Information Desk to Pharmacy
Route Details:
Feet: 1,277
Steps: 511
Miles: .24
Time: 3-5:30 min

Pharmacy to the Chapel and Back
Route Details:
Feet: 1,751
Steps: 700
Miles: .33
Time: 4-6 min

Short East Mall Walk 1
Route Details:
Feet: 543
Steps: 217
Miles: .10
Time: 1-2 min

Short East Mall Walk 2
Route Details:
Feet: 795
Steps: 318
Miles: .15
Time: 1-3 min


Garden of Hope

For a short stroll or for sitting, the lovely Garden of Hope is located next to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center on Level 3 (PDF).

Photo of the Garden of Hope walking path at NCCC