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Woodman Institute Museum

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Full of History and Mystery

What a treasure of historical things from our past. Even the buildings are part of the collection... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Dover, United States
Quirky, ideosyncratic, fascinating

Woodman Institute is a testimony to one man's wacko collecting mania. If it can be collected, it's... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
New Durham, New Hampshire
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Museum campus has four buildings, featuring natural scince,local history,decorative arts, and contemporary art. Considered NH,s most eclectic museum. Yankee magazine award for best small museum in New England. Founded in 1916.
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182 Central Ave, Dover, NH 03820-4058
+1 603-742-1038
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Reviewed 6 days ago

What a treasure of historical things from our past. Even the buildings are part of the collection, with the Garrison house, the original Woodman house, and the Hale mansion you have all kinds of trivia and fascinating collections of historical items. Yes, POTUS#16 did sleep...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Woodman Institute is a testimony to one man's wacko collecting mania. If it can be collected, it's probably represented here: stuffed animals, butterflies, arms, WWI paraphenalia, teacups, model trains, 1700's tools and daily wares including a complete garrison house from the colonial period. Will require...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank RufusTF603
Reviewed 30 September 2018

Woodman Museum is a stunningly wonderful “old fashioned” museum. Don’t be put off by that! By “old fashioned” I mean this is a place dedicated to the many amazing elements of natural beauty -- animals, birds, sea creatures, rocks, minerals, gems. But it is also...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Wombat27_11
Reviewed 31 August 2018

On our way through New Hampshire we visited the Woodman Institute Museum with the kids. We all enjoyed the displays and the weird collection this place houses. I was not expecting much, but I was very surprised. I found the museum by surprise, was not...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Ponch84
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Went on Father's Day, 2018. Great day-staff was very friendly and unobtrusive - let you wander without interruption and provided right amount of info to add value to your self guided tour. Was easily accessible if you had any questions or wanted more info. Loved...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

Dover nh will soon celebrate 400 years as a colony and state. much of this history is documented in the woodman. the tour of the dam garrison house takes you back to life and survival ancient America. Dover and the New Hampshire seacoast are thriving...More

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank slarson127
Reviewed 10 July 2018

The Woodman Museum offers a great opportunity to see what life was like in Dover during the 17th and 18 th century. There are also great and scary stuffed animals and other oddities. There is so much to see, so plan for at least 2...More

Date of experience: May 2018
2  Thank carolejaffe
Reviewed 7 July 2018 via mobile

Great place. Sorry much history a must see you will spend hours there. Mike is a great tour guide. Definitely interesting.

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank I8334OYlisar
Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

This museum has so much information about Dover and local history, as well as military history. They also have an original gabel house with history about the original owners who lived there in the 1600 's(I believe that was the time in history.) Anyway, I...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank VM1168
Reviewed 16 June 2018

Loved the tour of the garrison house. Helped us imagine what it was like to live in Dover long ago. Beware there are stuffed animals in the main building.

Date of experience: July 2017
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14 July 2015|
Response from EBDover | Reviewed this property |
The Woodman institute is opened Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm. You might also wnt to check put its Night at the museum October 9 - 10.