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Address: 182 Central Ave, Dover, NH 03820-4058
Phone Number: 603-742-1038
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Wed - Sun 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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FASCINATING EARLY-SETTLER INFORMATION!

This is a beautiful little museum, with rooms full of historical things associated with Dover and the surrounding area. Fascinating things for all ages. The real gem is a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Dover, New Hampshire
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Dover, New Hampshire
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55 reviews 55 reviews
3 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a beautiful little museum, with rooms full of historical things associated with Dover and the surrounding area. Fascinating things for all ages. The real gem is a perfectly preserved original "garrison" home from Dover's early settling, moved to this site to preserve it. To be inside, and see how the settlers lived, is amazing, and a really great... More 

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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62 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Hadn't been in years and decided to go on a whim. They've expanded some exhibits and the docents knew a lot and had bread anecdotal stories about the history of Dover in NH. Worth a visit of at least 2 hours but you could spend a day if you love museums. Keep up the good work Woodman Institute.

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Maine/New York
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42 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The museum has lots to offer. You can take a short tour of a home and see the kitchen area, pantry, sleeping quarters, etc. The home is two stories. In another building, there are stuffed animals as you would see at the Museum of Natural History in New York, of course, on a much smaller scale. There are labeled minerals... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The Woodman is truly a gem of a museum. It is small in size making it doable for people who don't want to walk a lot but huge in the variety, quantity and quality of the displays. We have been many times and always see and learn something new. They host various event throughout the summer from car shows to... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Great way to spend a rainy day...and I do mean a day. We learned so much and our guide was knowledgable, informative and entertaining

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Greenland, New Hampshire
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169 reviews 169 reviews
121 attraction reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

This is one of those rare gems, a museum frozen in time, with a vast collection assembled in a small space. Minerals, fossils, shells, mounted animals and birds, all on display in cases as they would have been a century ago, along with a collection of arms from various wars are part of the self-guided tour. A guided tour will... More 

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Exeter, New Hampshire
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4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We had a guided tour of the three buildings including the 17th century garrison house. Everyone gets a personal guided tour jam packed with lots of historical information and objects from bygone eras. There is a huge polar bear at the main entrance who greets guests. Although small by big city standards this museum holds its own because of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My husband and I came to Dover after going to what seemed to be every museum in Massachusetts. We can't say enough good things about the Woodman Institute Museum! There is such a wide variety of exhibits- everything from natural history to early colonial settlements to the Civil War. We LOVED it-- the staff was very helpful and informative, and... More 

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Charleston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My favorite museum ever! It has everything from a 4 legged chicken to an original 1675 garrison house. Helpful staff guide you through and are a wealth of information. Highly recommend to anyone in the area. It is a great value also. This is a MUST on any trip through new england.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Can remember going there as a kid and that was 50 years ago went again last year and it was super they have done a great job

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