About Us

The Woodman Museum was founded in 1916 from a trust established by Annie E. Woodman to: “ To advance and develop passion for History, Nature, and the Arts." To educate, excite, and inspire current and future generations about . . . a changing nation by preserving and exhibiting objects of historic significance, decorative and fine art, and natural science that connect Dover and its citizens to . . . the world.” A visit to the Woodman offers an intimate and personal opportunity for visitors to explore and experience history, natural sciences, and the arts.

On the grounds of the Woodman Museum you will find the oldest Sycamore Tree in Strafford County, a Medicinal & Industrial Garden designed and installed by Strafford County Master Gardeners and a functioning Rain Garden installed several years ago in cooperation with Soak NH, the EPA, NHDES, Strafford County Master Gardeners and other local volunteers.

The four historic houses that make up the campus include:

  • The Woodman House (1818) holds the Museum’s collection of rocks, minerals, fossils, and taxidermy specimens (animals, aquatic life, birds, and butterflies).
  • The Damm Garrison House (1675), the oldest house in Dover, contains 800 artifacts from the colonial era.
  • The John Parker Hale House (1813), aside from telling the story of one of America’s foremost Abolitionists and ally of Abraham Lincoln (and whose daughter, Lucy was engaged to John Wilkes Booth), informs visitors of the socioeconomic history of Dover, primarily from the 19th century mills and textile designs that traveled the world. The Hale House also includes, on its second floor, some primary examples of Portsmouth furniture and related art and artifacts.
  • The Keefe House (1825) contains our library, where we store our collection of the city records of Dover, as well as the Thom Hindle Art Gallery and our offices.

Hours of Operation are Wednesday-Sunday 10am-4pm April-November.

The Woodman Museum is a tax exempt organization. The total amount of your contribution is tax-deductible except for the fair market value of offered benefits. Our tax ID # is   32-0586434.

Woodman Institute Museum Board of Directors

Paul Timmerman, Board Chairman

Mark Speidel, Secretary

Donna Rinaldi, Treasurer

Board Members

Amanda Nelson

Barbara Dunnington

Cathy Beaudoin

Douglas Steele

Dorothy Wagner

Richard Driscoll

Professional Staff

David Tompkins, Executive Director ([email protected])
Mike Day, Operations Manager ([email protected])
Ryan S. Brander, Webmaster ([email protected])
Evelyn French, Museum Attendant ([email protected])

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