Academic Facilities

Exeter’s academic buildings facilitate exploration, discovery and discussion — because that is how learning happens here.

Academy Building

The heart of the Academy Building is Assembly Hall, where the community gathers several times a week for notable speakers, special programs and campus-wide celebrations. Classrooms for mathematics, history, religion, classical languages, anthropology, psychology and philosophy are here too, making this historic building part of daily life at Exeter.

Academy Library

Within the largest secondary-school library in the world, you’ll have access to more than 260,000 print and electronic volumes, an extensive reference collection and special collections containing such treasures that date back as far as the 13th-century. Designed by renowned architect Louis I. Kahn, the library contains 210 individual study carrels, several reading lounges and a ground-floor common area with cozy seating where you can study with friends or sip a hot beverage while you dive headlong into a good book.

Read more about the library.


Here's a 360 view of Rockefeller Hall:


The David E. and Stacey L. Goel Center for Theater and Dance

Interior view of the David E. Goel and Stacey L. Goel Center for Theater and Dance The Goel Center for Theater and Dance brings expansive, state-of-the-art facilities to the performing arts at Exeter. Designed by award-winning architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, the building is host to two theaters (350-seat mainstage and 149-seat thrust stage), two dance studios (one for performance with 119 seats, another for classes and rehearsals) and Harkness classrooms, allowing a seamless transition from discussion to performance. The 63,000 square-foot facility serves all students — from generalists to expert performers — with an array of performing, teaching, rehearsal, technical and public spaces. Read about the opening of The Goel Center for Theater and Dance.

Forrestal-Bowld Music Center

Half of all students participate in our flourishing music program, taking private lessons, practicing and performing in a professional setting. Our music facilities include grand piano studios; large rehearsal rooms; soundproof practice rooms; a keyboard lab; state-of-the-art musicianship studio; study areas; performance and classroom spaces; a music, media and recording library; and a spectacular new auditorium.

Read about the opening of the Class of 1959 Music Center Addition and “The Bowld,” a beautiful 250-seat new performance space.


The Frederick R. Mayer Art Center and the Lamont Gallery

The art center and gallery combine teaching and exhibition space displaying works by students and faculty and local, national and international artists. The center houses professional, studio-style fine arts classrooms for a variety of mediums from painting and printmaking to photography and 3-D design.

Learn more about Lamont Gallery, which hosts exhibits of works by students and professional artists, and serves as a teaching space. 

Grainger Observatory

Study the scale of the universe at Exeter’s on-campus observatory. With three domed observatories and a heated classroom building with library and research instruments, stargazing students have cutting edge tools at their disposal. A new computer-controlled, fully robotic telescope even allows for off-site astronomical observations.

Read more about the observatory and its instruments.

Lamont Health and Wellness Center

This recently renovated center, featuring contemporary medical facilities and classroom spaces, houses our health care and counseling staff and serves as home base to the Health and Human Development Department. Courses you’ll take here will empower you to take ownership of your health and well-being. 

Read more about Lamont Health and Wellness Center.

Phelps Science Center

You’ll explore science and conduct research in a state-of-the-art facility of 22 classroom-labs with Harkness tables plus four common labs for interdisciplinary and independent student work. You’ll also find a humpback whale skeleton (assembled by students and teachers!), a 900-gallon tropical marine aquarium, a biology wet table, and a teaching garden with plant species native to New England.  

Phillips Hall

The first building designed specifically for Harkness classrooms at Exeter, today it combines the best of the old and the new: A recent renovation preserved many original architectural features, but you’ll study English and modern languages in fully wired, media-equipped classrooms.

Here's a 360 view of the quad outside Phillips Hall: