The musuem exhibits are still closed for a few more weeks….”think spring” folks. The museum staff is busy arranging some new exciting exhibits for the 2014 season that will include a scouting room filled with early Girl Scout, Campfire, Brownie, Cub Scout and Boy Scout items from the 1930s through the 70s and 80s. The Keefe House carriage barn will officially open and display a rare pontiac wagon, sleighs, a blacksmith shop, ice harvesting tools, walk behind plows and an original MerryMac sailboat built by Dover’s Ned McIntosh.
The special exhibition in the Woodman House will celebrate 175 years of photography with a “Tintypes to Digital” presentation that will showcase early images and cameras that includes the first 35mm camera, the World’s first digital watch camera , a 1905 Expo Pocket Watch camera, the first Polaroid, the Brownie and Instamatic…travel from the wet plate era to camera telephones….an amazing journey since that first image was presented to the world in 1839.
The Woodman will also be increasing the hours of operation….opening at 10:00 am and closing at 5:00 pm Wednesday – Sunday. The Woodman is a truly unique turn of the century style natural science, local history and art museum with exhibits for all ages in four historic buildings, including an original 1675 garrison house. Your visit could include bringing a picnic lunch on the grounds and spending hours going from room to room enjoying all the exciting things being offered.
The Woodman is a short drive from the beaches of the Seacoast or the Lakes Region and should be a part of your vacation planning or a weekend visit to the area. Only 50 miles from Boston and 12 miles from Portsmouth….located in New Hampshire’s oldest permanent settlement (1623) Dover.