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, earcraftmusic.com) 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! 

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.

7th Settlement Brewery hosts Woodman Museum Fundraiser

April 18th, 2017

We at the Woodman Institute Museum would like to extend our cordial thanks to the fine folks at 7th Settlement Brewery in Dover, NH for their support in hosting our spring fundraiser.  The turnout of museum supporters was spectacular, and the Woodman IPA was certainly a treat!A portion of the proceeds went toward our 101st season activities at the Woodman.

Admission receipts purchased at the Woodman can be used for a discounted meal at the 7th Settlement.

Woodman Spring Fundraiser at 7th Settlement

Are you ready for #woodmanipa? Stop by 7th Settlement Brewery on Tuesday for the Woodman Institute Museum spring fundraiser and sample the new batch.

Posted by Made In Dover on Sunday, April 16, 2017

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.

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.

Woodman Newsletter Spring 2017


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Veterans Day at the Woodman

Veterans Day at the Woodman 2017The Woodman Museum is proud to announce its annual Veterans Day ceremony, to be held on Sunday, November 12, 2017.

Reenactors of all wars, from the Revolutionary War to modern conflicts, will gather at the Woodman to honor our nation’s veterans and those military men and women still engaged in active service across the world.  Hosted annually, the event, organized in part by WWII enthusiast Charlie Robinson, proprietor of Elite Hobbies in Dover, attracts area veterans and their families and will feature live cannon and musket firing, antique military vehicles and memorabilia, and people in full battle dress. All branches of the service will be represented. Reenactors and enthusiasts will be on hand to answer any questions about the history of America’s wartime involvement.

The set-up for the event begins at 9:30 AM. The event runs from noon until 4pm and will be held on the grounds of the Woodman Museum (182 Central Ave., Dover, NH 03820).