In 1915 Mrs. Annie E. Woodman bequeathed the sum of one hundred thousand dollars for the creation of an institution in Dover to promote the study of local area history, natural history, and the arts.
In 1916 the trustees of the Woodman opened a three-building campus — having acquired the homes of Charles Woodman and John Parker Hale as well as an original 1675 garrison. In 2006 the Keefe House was added and now houses the Seacoast area’s newest art gallery. Today the museum houses one of the finest exhibits of local and natural history displayed in New Hampshire.
Our Mission Statement: “Engage minds. Ignite curiosity. Provoke thought. Educate, excite, and inspire current and future generations about Dover, New Hampshire’s role in a changing nation by preserving and exhibiting objects of historic significance, decorative and fine art, and natural science that connect Dover and its citizens to local, national, and world events.”
David Dupont, Chair
Selected images of the Houses and works from the collection include: