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About the Woodman
The Woodman, founded in 1916, is a traditional early 20th-century style natural science, history, and art museum with exhibits for all ages. The campus is home to four buildings, which include the Woodman House (1818), the Hale House (1813), the William Damm Garrison (1675) and the Keefe House (1825). The museum’s collection includes hundreds of colonial artifacts; comprehensive mineral, shell and fossil gallery; mounted animal specimens; fine art and furniture; an extensive collection of militaria; local history objects; and much more. The Woodman is open seasonally to the public (from mid-March to mid-December) Wednesday through Sunday, 10am-5pm.
Before the Woodman Institute had even opened its doors, Mrs. Ellen P. Rounds presented the Institute trustees with an authentic colonial garrison, the William Damm…
Built in 1818 as the residence of Charles and Annie Woodman, The Woodman House today is a unique example of an authentic 20th-century museum. It…
The Keefe House was built in 1825 for Asa Tufts, owner of Tufts Apothecary. In 1847, his son Charles took over the shop as Asa…
The third structure of the four-building campus is the John Parker Hale House. Built in 1813 by John Williams — the “captain of industry” who…
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What our visitors are saying about their experience
Our grandsons loved the many animals and especially the polar bear! But they also enjoyed all of the Native artifacts and the garrison house. The light show of gems was a big hit! Great place. Dover’s jewel.Sheila H.
Exactly what first time visitors should do when they come to Dover. Such a wide range of exhibits that there is something for everyone.Robert Q.
This is a fantastic little museum with a lot of interesting artifacts with local ties. My favorite is the preserved garrison which is worth the admission price alone. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, funny, and was always willing to answer questions. We spent around 4 hours here and I want to go back because I missed out on a lot of the exhibits. If it’s a rainy day or you are looking for something fun to do, I highly recommend spending the day at the Woodman.Brad D.
As a local I had driven past this museum many times and never stopped in…..until recently! I literally wandered in, expecting the polar bear to be the highlight and go home…..was I wrong.
Three hours later, I left this experience with a much greater appreciation of local history. I was exposed to an eclectic range of artifacts offering something for everyone.
My boyfriend and I visited during our trip to Dover this weekend. I must say, I was not expecting so much! The workers there were so accommodating, friendly and knowledgeable. Everything from civil war, WWII,taxidermy, fossils and the oldest garrison home in NH, this place is chock full of great things! It took us almost 3 hours to get through, which it was not expecting. I thought it was simply a small museum in an old home. It was way more than that. We are interested in all sorts of history and museums in general so this was a great stop!Lorin K.
If you are interested in: NH history, American history, geology, fossils, archaeology, natural history, entomology, OR just have a day to kill, this is THE place to go. Having lived in the area my entire life, I was amazed at how little I knew about it!! We basically had a private guided tour of the museum and grounds and I can’t wait to go back!Stan M.