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Woodman Institute Museum, Dover

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The Woodman Institute Museum is located at 182 Central Avenue in Dover, New Hampshire, United States. It is a museum dedicated to history, science and the arts. It was created in 1915 with a bequest of $100,000 from philanthropist Annie Woodman to encourage her city's education in those three fields. The institute opened on July 26, 1916. Under the name of "Woodman Institute", the museum was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.The museum's campus now includes three brick houses of Federal style architecture, one of which is the former home of noted abolitionist Senator John P. Hale. Inside are exhibits of local history and natural history (encompassing the largest American rock and mineral collection north of Boston), in addition to art and antiques. One famous item is the saddle in which President Abraham Lincoln rode to review troops shortly before his assassination. A collection of artifacts showcases the nation's past, with a special emphasis on Dover's history.
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  • Huge display of gems and stones, an actual 1600's Garrison home! Very knowledgeable docents! Lincoln Memorabilia!!! Beautiful display of wildlife taxidermy...and so much more!!!!  more »
  • The Woodman Museum is has such a unique character. From the outside this museum does not look like much but on the inside is such a story of history of Dover and beyond. This museum takes you back to ...  more »
  • They have something for every age and interest. From a huge polar bear to antique dolls, from Civil War long guns to Dover make textiles , there are displays. The stuff is nice and knowledgeable.  more »
  • This is a must see! If you are anywhere near Dover take the time to see this historical gem. Lovingly kept, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The Garrison alone is worth the trip!
  • Thus was a great tour. I was visiting and was able to learn a lot about New Hampshire and especially Dover history. Was a great place to learn about history of the area.
  • You must see the Garrison house. Friendly hosts. Great display of early history
  • Plan on spending the better part of a day looking at this amazing collection of historical items dating from the earliest days of our country to the recent past. Make sure you take the guided tour to get the maximum enjoyment from your visit. Also check out the last remaining garrison house in New Hampshire for a real take on life in the days of the French and Indian Wars.
  • Great place for kids and adults. Great 1600's house in rear