Planning to visit the Woodman?
Beginning June 18, 2021 The Woodman Museum Museum Tours will no longer need to be pre-booked, you can simply just show up at the Woodman Museum entrance, 182 Central Ave. Dover, NH. Wednesday-Sunday 10am-4pm (last tour starts at 3pm).
As per CDC recommendations, Masks will no longer be required for vaccinated guests, but social distancing between separate groups is still strongly encouraged.
Call 603-742-1038 for more information.
Have your Donation Matched!
Want to join us in making a difference? We are raising money to benefit the Annie E. Woodman Museum. Fortunately, we have a very generous group of donors who have pledged $4,000 to match the first $4,000 of donations.
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 April to November) Wednesday-Sunday, 10am-4pm.
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…
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 Keefe House (1825) features an Art gallery, library, and a carriage house displaying antique horse drawn carriages and sleighs as well as period tool…
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…
On October 6 at 7:00pm NH author Olga Morrill kicks off the Fall Speaker Series at the Woodman Museum with an open discussion about colonial…
The New Hampshire Seacoast has a wealth of overlooked History. Some remnants are hidden in plain sight, and others are just plain hidden. In his…
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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.