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Woodman Institute Museum

Address: 182 Central Ave, Dover, NH 03820-4058
Phone Number: 603-742-1038
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Dover
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Wed - Sun 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire
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143 reviews 143 reviews
58 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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175 reviews 175 reviews
42 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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
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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164 reviews 164 reviews
117 attraction reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
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 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014 via mobile

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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Ocala Fl
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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York Harbor, Maine
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53 reviews 53 reviews
19 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

Wandered in while visiting Dover. A nice little museum spread across three houses on the edge of downtown. The place is crammed full of stuff, all kinds of stuff. Taxidermy from small animals to a 10 foot polar bear and more than one moose. Butterflies and moths. Rocks and gems. Dolls. Military history. Dover history. An antique fire truck. A... More 

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