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Wonderful preservation of history, like walking back in time!

Went on Father's Day, 2018. Great day-staff was very friendly and unobtrusive - let you wander... read more

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Manchester, New Hampshire
400 years of history in one place

Dover nh will soon celebrate 400 years as a colony and state. much of this history is documented in... read more

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Dover, 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 today

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

Thank CinManch
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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

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.

1  Thank Lisa R
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

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.

Thank dshea2018
Reviewed 21 May 2018

This has the feel of an old, natural history museum - with collections donated from area collectors. Everything from Native American stuff to minerals, displayed in glass cases. The old garrison is definitely worth a look. This is not an inexpensive visit - at $13/adult.

Thank hmdpa
Reviewed 10 November 2017

Very interesting museum with many different collections from nature, history, furniture and local history. The docents were friendly and very knowledgeable. It has a lot to see, so a second visit will be planned!

2  Thank JFL622014
Reviewed 3 October 2017

The Woodman Institute Museum in Dover, NH is truly a hidden treasure. Around every corner and each floor is an amazing adventure. You will be surprised at what you will see and experience at the Woodman Institute.

Thank butterfly12142
Reviewed 3 October 2017

They have a great selection of local history including one of the few remaining garrison house's left in the country. There is something for all ages with displays of local items from all over the seacoast and a amazing collection of rock samples. All around...More

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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.