The latest news releases and media stories from the Woodman Museum can be found below.

Check back often for new events and exhibitions!

Henry Law Park Playground Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

JoCome celebrate the opening of the new Henry Law Park Playground Ribbon Cutting Ceremonyin the Woodman Museum for the Henry Law Park playground ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 24 @ 9:30am. The new playground (once the site of Cocheco Manufacturing Company’s Printworks) includes a mini-Garrison Hill climbing tower and a re-purposed Edward Adams gundalow. It’ll also be the last chance to buy a raffle ticket to win a Christopher James Ward remarque print of Old Dover Landing.

Come join us for a wonderful day at the park! To RSVP, visit our Facebook page.


The Woodman Partners with Earcraft Music for June

The Woodman is partnering with Earcraft music for the month of June (2017). Please remember to keep your receipts for reciprocal benefits!The Woodman is proud to partner with Earcraft Music (432 Central Ave., Dover, NH 03820, for the month of June. Show your Earcraft Music receipt at the Woodman Museum and get 50% off one admission ticket price.

At Earcraft, show your Woodman admission receipt for 10% off your purchase!

We will also be taking up some shop window space at Earcraft Music with a fun display, so be on the lookout!

Father’s Day at the Woodman

In celebration of Father’s Day, the Woodman Museum is offering half-priced admission for dads and granddads on Saturday, June 17 and Sunday, June 18.  Bring your dad and view our extensive colonial and military collection! It’s a great day-trip idea–and we’re right in the heart of Dover.

Show your dad some love. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate fathers with a fun day at the museum!

The Port of Dover Exhibit

The Woodman Museum’s new gallery exhibit, “The Port of Dover,” is open to the public. Our exhibit highlights the prominence of our lovely city as a bustling trading port. Dover’s history is inextricably linked with the Cochecho River, upon which it was founded. Our show offers a glimpse into its spectacular past, from the humble gundalow captains to the massive schooners that docked at the landing. To tell the story, we have put together a collection of artifacts, maps, original fine art, and models!

Come visit! The Port of Dover exhibit will be open for the months of June and July. There is no admission fee.

The Art Talk is scheduled for June 14 at the Thom Hindle Gallery from 6-8pm.

The Thom Hindle Gallery @ the Keefe House, Woodman Museum
15 Summer St., Dover, NH 03820

Please check out our other June events below.



Discounted Library Passes

We are proud to announce our continuing partnership with area libraries to offer discounted admission prices to the general public! Our area libraries are a great resource and we are happy to offer discounted admissions for the great people who frequent them.

For more information and to sign up, click here:

Woodman Museum Library Passes.



Gundalow Ribbon Cutting & Woodman Raffle

The Woodman Museum will be participating in the June 24 ribbon cutting ceremony for Henry Law Park’s new playground!

We are raffling off a beautiful remarque print by Christopher James Ward entitled “Old Dover Landing.” The framed print, numbered and autographed and with a “remarque” pencil and oil drawing beneath it, was generously donated by the Wentworth-Douglass Hospital (originally commissioned by Bob and Tricia DeColfmacker). Tickets are $20 each.

Support the Woodman! To buy a ticket, click here.

Dover Discovery Day & May Partnership with Dupont’s Service Center

Dover, NH has been home to the Woodman Museum for more than 100 years!

To celebrate we are offering free admission for Dover residents on Saturday, May 13, 2017 10 am – 5 pm.    In addition to our great exhibits you can visit with local area non-profits that will be gracing our grounds during the day.

One of our partners, Dupont’s Service Center, is kindly offering a 10% off (max $25) for customers with receipts from the Woodman Museum.  Receipts from Dupont’s Service Center will also earn guests $2 off admission at the Woodman Museum.

Woodman Museum Extends Exhibition Charles Henry Sawyer: Vintage Hand-Painted Photography

Dover, NH – The Woodman Museum has announced that due to large audience attendance, it will extend the viewing of the exhibition Charles Henry Sawyer: Vintage Hand-Painted Photography through Sunday, June 12, 2016 in the Keefe House Gallery at the Woodman. The exhibition is on view to the public free of charge.

“The Hand-Painted Photographs of Charles Henry Sawyer is the first exhibition presented in conjunction with the Museum’s Centennial Celebration year. According to Wes LaFountain, executive director, Woodman Museum, “This amazing exhibition has drawn so much attention from our community of photographers, donors, members, and educators, that we chose to extend its viewing until mid-June. The overwhelming response by our audience to view the work (and purchase the catalog) led us to make this decision easily. Sawyer’s work offers a remarkable view into the beauty of our New England region, and we are proud to be able to share it.”

Charles Sawyer (1868-1954) began his career as a newspaper artist for the New York Tribune but ultimately became known for his colorfully hand-painted photographs of New England landscapes. Sawyer worked as a photographer and photographic painter during the Golden Age of Hand-Painted Photography (1900-1940) using large wooden cameras and glass plate negatives to capture his images. Fifty Maine & New Hampshire images on loan from private collections are on display, and the exhibition is curated by John Peters, Carol Gray and Thom Hindle.

The Woodman Museum presents several changing exhibitions within its historic houses which are available for viewing as part of the regular Museum admission fee. Works presented as part of changing exhibitions at the Keefe House Gallery at the Woodman are available for viewing free of charge. These works are available for purchase with a percentage of proceeds benefiting the Woodman Museum.

Honest Injun: A Native Perspective; Recent Work by George Longfish (June 18, 2016)

Dover, NH – The work of Seneca/Tuscorora artist George Longfish will be presented in a new exhibition opening at the Keefe House Gallery at the Woodman Museum in Dover on Saturday, June 18, 2016 from 5-7 p.m. Honest Injun: A Native Perspective; Recent Work by George Longfish features nearly two dozen recent works. The exhibition will run through Sunday, August 7, 2016. The artist will conduct a gallery talk on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. The exhibition and the gallery talk are open to the public free of charge.

George Longfish, who migrated to his Rollinsford studio by way of California, works in a variety of mediums, several of which will be on view in this exhibition (painting, prints, photography, digital, and combinations of these). Stylistically, he comes from a modernist abstract background, but his brightly colored, often geometrically-oriented works belie a culturally political agenda. By turns poignant and humorous, he makes us think about cultures colliding – historically and in a more contemporary vein as well.

Mr. Longfish was born in Ontario in 1942, and was educated at the Thomas Indian School in upstate New York. He then earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been featured in exhibitions across the country, including the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City; The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona; and galleries and museums from Canada to Mexico. He developed the first Graduate Program of American Indian Arts in the United States at the University of Montana in 1972. He then became a professor in the Native American Studies Department at the University of California, Davis, as well as the Director of the CN Gorman Museum at the same university.

During its 2016 Centennial Season, the Woodman Museum presents several exhibitions within its historic houses which are available for viewing as part of the regular Museum admission fee, while works presented as part of changing exhibitions at the Keefe House Gallery at the Woodman are available for viewing free of charge. Works of art are available for purchase, with a percentage of proceeds benefiting the Woodman Museum.

The Keefe House Gallery at the Woodman Presents: Bill Oakes: The Art of Creativity

The Keefe House Gallery at the Woodman Presents: Bill Oakes: The Art of Creativity

(Dover, NH) – The work of the late, innovative New Hampshire artist, illustrator, educator, and author, Bill Oakes (1944-2005) will be presented in a new exhibition at the Keefe House Gallery at the Woodman.  Bill Oakes: The Art of Creativity opens on Saturday, August 20, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. open to the public.  The exhibition features works that illustrate the extraordinary diversity of Oakes’ art and creative ideas that span his extensive career, including drawings, paintings, published illustrations, prints, and photographs.  The exhibition will run through September 22, and is open free of charge on Wednesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.Bill Oakes spent his formative years in Brunswick, Maine.  After college, he joined the US Navy and was assigned to the Navy Combat Art Gallery in Washington, DC, during which time he completed over 180 paintings and drawings, now in the US Navy Fine Arts Collection.  As an educator, he taught at the New England School of Art and Design, as well as the Art Institute of Boston.  Bill earned his Master of Arts degree in 1988 in “Critical and Creative Thinking” at UMass, Boston, where he taught several courses focusing on Creativity.

An accomplished realist painter, Bill’s ability to capture the essence of his sitter’s character with minimal strokes led to his job as courtroom artist for the Watergate hearings, the major political scandal of the early 1970s.  His mesmerizing characterizations of President Richard Nixon, Howard Baker, John Dean, John Ehrlichman and others not only captured the energy of the proceedings, they brought the drama to life for the general public. These illustrations were reproduced in The Washington Post and on ABC News.

A versatile artist, Bill completed numerous illustrations for The Franklin Library, as well as several magazines and newspapers, including Look, National Geographic, Reader’s Digest, Time and Yankee magazines, and The Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor.  He co-authored several children’s books as well.

Travels abroad and a continued interest in imagination and discovery led to more multi-dimensional works of art and experimentation.  His realism evolved to an abstraction born of interest in unusual materials and non-customary methods of application: trowels over brushes, for instance; mark-making with color and texture, more than subject.  In short, Creativity over representation.  A truly thoughtful artist who believed that art was a vital form of communication, Bill sought to inspire creative thought and discovery in all his students and viewers. Come see the works of this communicative believer in the power of art to inspire learners of all ages.

Bill Oakes: The Art of Creativity is sponsored by Federal Savings Bank.