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Woodman Institute Museum

182 Central Ave, Dover, NH 03820-4058
+1 603-742-1038
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Dover NH Treasure

The Woodman Institute Museum in Dover, NH is truly a hidden treasure. Around every corner and each... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dover, New Hampshire
Excellent local history museum

They have a great selection of local history including one of the few remaining garrison house's... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fort Myers, Florida
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Museum campus has four buildings, featuring natural scince,local history,decorative arts, and contemporary art. Considered NH,s most eclectic museum. Yankee magazine award for best small museum in New England. Founded in 1916.
  • Excellent76%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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182 Central Ave, Dover, NH 03820-4058
+1 603-742-1038
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Woodman Institute Museum in Dover, NH is truly a hidden treasure. Around every corner and each floor is an amazing adventure. You will be surprised at what you will see and experience at the Woodman Institute.

Thank butterfly12142
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have a great selection of local history including one of the few remaining garrison house's left in the country. There is something for all ages with displays of local items from all over the seacoast and a amazing collection of rock samples. All around...More

Thank Calef71
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

After growing up in Seacoast New Hampshire, it was a visit long overdue. Lots to see in a vast eclectic collection. Much is pertinent to the area, but many items are from far and wide. Very much worth a visit!

Thank Eeepee98
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Limited hours but fascinating museum, small but a little of everything! Great colonial history. Interesting exhibits. Take time to ask questions!

Thank dani20172017
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Multiple buildings jam packed with history. The docents are friendly and knowledgeable. Wander around and find weird and wonderful treasures at every turn. Abraham Lincoln's saddle, a 3 legged chicken, Samurai armor, an old garrison building and creepy antique dolls....they have it all!

Thank kingbyriverk
Reviewed 3 September 2017

When an event we planned to attend was cancelled, we had a free afternoon in the Portsmouth-Dover area so I looked for something on Trip Advisor. The recent reviews of the Woodman Institute Museum were unformly excellent so we thought we'd spend an hour there....More

Thank GF02116
Reviewed 17 August 2017

The Woodman Institute Museum has a number of different exhibits, the 17th century Garrision House would be a strong attraction alone, but the rest is equally good. The staff have many interesting anecdotes and snippets of information that bring the past alive.

Thank gaelflyer
Reviewed 14 August 2017

If you like colonial to recent New Hampshire history, fine art, colonial artifacts, taxidermy, rocks and minerals, military artifacts, a 17th century garrison house, and much more, this is a must see. If you aren't interested in one floor, maybe you will be in another....More

Thank bogblogger
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The Woodman Museum is a gem with a surprising array of fine exhibits. Examples include the last saddle President Lincoln rode, fascinating history of world-famous Cochecho prints, and the story of John Wilkes Booth's fiance at the time of his crime. The Garrison House dates...More

Thank James V
Reviewed 23 July 2017

Saw a piece on Woodmans on Chronicle. Knew we wanted to go there. But it was even better than we expected. The main exhibits, birds, animals, insects, the history of the institute, was all good. Then touring the Damm Garrison and the Hale house, was...More

Thank Shirley W
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14 July 2015|
Response from EBDover | Reviewed this property |
The Woodman institute is opened Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am - 5 pm. You might also wnt to check put its Night at the museum October 9 - 10.