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Woodman Institute Museum

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Address: 182 Central Ave, Dover, NH 03820-4058
Phone Number: 603-742-1038
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Fantastic Tour of Dover History

A great afternoon walk through Dover History. Dover was founded in 1623. The garrison is one of many garrisons that protected the colony during the 1600s. We learned about the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
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Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

A great afternoon walk through Dover History. Dover was founded in 1623. The garrison is one of many garrisons that protected the colony during the 1600s. We learned about the sham battle that lead up to the Cocheco Massacre. We visited the home of Senator Hale, a US Senator during the time of Abraham Lincoln, and learned his family connections... More 

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Durham, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Amazing museum! All kinds of interesting and unexpected gems. There is a garrison in the back that shows a window into colonial New England life.

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Amesbury, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

Fun and funky, full of wonderful artifacts, but probably the one thing that stood out for us was the preserved frontier house, fortified and complete with keyhole windows. A fascinating glimpse into our pre-colonial past.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

We live in NH and I can't believe we never heard of this museum until a local magazine spot-lighted it. Many different collections covering colonial times to present with emphasis on local (Dover) history. Very eclectic. Make sure you get the tour from the curator...he has a truly amazing amount of knowledge about the collections and local history. We expect... More 

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Georgetown, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Very well maintained garrison house from the early 1600's. Has been under protected cover for 99 years. Built by English ship builders who were there getting timber for transport to England. Lots of detail and artifacts. Very interesting and informative guide. Well worth a visit.

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Hudson, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This museum is wonderful. Hubby and I were thoroughly delighted by what we found here. This traditional early 20th century-style natural science, local history and art museum will keep you engrossed for hours. We recommend you plan to spend - at the very least - 2 hours, but 3-4 hours would be better. There's so much to see. Made up... More 

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Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

I have been here 4 times now and each time find something different. Great variety of exhibits will interest everyone from 10 to 90 years old.

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Dover, New Hampshire
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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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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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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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