About Us

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.

To learn more about each House and its galleries, visit
Woodman House
Damm Garrison
Hale House
Thom Hindle Gallery

Selected images of the Houses and works from the collection include:

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