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Woodman Institute Museum, Dover

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4.6/5 based on 60+ 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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  • We have been having a great time wandering the many rooms filled with different collections. Easy to find this place, I parked on the street. 
  • We had friends visiting from Nebraska and decided to check out the museum. I had visited a number of times in the past but hadn't been since all the renovations for their 100 year anniversary. All I c...  read more »
  • Brought my stepson from Florida for a visit and both he and my husband were lost in the history.The guides were knowledgeable and humorous, great combo!This is a great place to take everyone and anyon...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
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