Planning to visit the Woodman?
Breaking News :
Updated : 3/30/2020
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At the Woodman Museum, the well-being of or guests is always our priority.
Therefore, as of today our Board of Directors has voted to postpone our opening day until it is safe to do so. As everything is in flux, we will continue to monitor local, state, federal, and CDC guidelines, and abide by those. We will continue to update you in the coming weeks as to when it is safe for us to open the Museum.
In the meantime, beginning next week, we are going to present short videos, featuring our galleries, collections and historical stories to share with you from anywhere. These videos will be available on our Facebook page (Woodman Museum) and Instagram page (visitwoodmanmuseum) these new videos will be in addition to our daily history stories and historic photos, that we have been posting seven days a week for several months on Facebook. To enjoy those stories and photos daily, simply like our Facebook page.
In addition, we are creating a new youtube channel that will be available on our website www.wooodmanmuseum.org in order to to present longer and more comprehensive videos featuring History, Art, Natural History, and more, within the next 2 weeks. So stay tuned. Finally, as a non profit institution we need your support more than ever, in this difficult time. If you are able to make a tax deductible contribution.
Please see our brand new video section on our YouTube Channel.
Follow this link or click on link under the new video section here on our site. For new videos featuring our history, collections, and art. Each week we will be creating and sharing new video content and posting here and on the Woodmanmuseum YouTube channel.
Please check back often.
If you are able, please mail a check to:
P.O. Box 1916
Dover, NH 03820
Or to make a donation online via our website here.
New Woodman Video Series
The Woodman Museum is making a new effort to provide video online video content for folks to learn more about the Woodman Museum and be able to appreciate the history from the comfort and safety of their home.
We'll keep uploading new videos as time goes on so be sure to check back often!
Want to see all of the video's we've made? Visit our Youtube Channel.
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.
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…
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…
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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.