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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  • Very interesting museum with many different collections from nature, history, furniture and local history. The docents were friendly and very knowledgeable. It has a lot to see, so a second visit will...  more »
  • 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 Woodm...  more »
  • 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 sea...  more »
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  • Our grandsons love 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.
  • A wonderful place filled with a lot of history. Would love to go back & learn more.
  • Possibly the best museum ever! The tour guide was incredibly knowledgeable and engaging. I cannot recommend this place enough! Wish I could give in 10 stars!
  • Great Victorian style museum with diverse exhibits. Plan on several hours to see it.
  • The history of Dover and the surrounding area is preserved, well cared for and displayed beautifully here!!! A must see.

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