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Woodman Institute Museum, Dover

(4.6/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • I have been several times, always have been welcomed by someone who knew the collection well and was eager to introduce it. There is something of interest for everyone here, and it manages to be local...  more »
  • A unique blend of local history displayed nicely in three well kept buildings. Everything from Indian artifacts, wars to manufacturing and much more. You will greeted by a large polar bear that was sh...  more »
  • I have been to the Musuem several times. First time with my children on a class trip for an American History Class. I have also taken visitors there to see history through the eyes of people who lived...  more »
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  • 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
  • I went there once and want to go again i had so so much fun i think it is a great place to bring your family... They have stuff on downtown dover and so much more
  • I loved it if you and your child are interested I things like animals,history,war,rocks and minerals and so much more you would love to come here,and make sure you get a guide because they can tell you a lot!
  • Odd collection of stuff.