Woodman Institute Museum

Woodman Institute Museum, Dover: Hours, Address, Woodman Institute Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Woodman Institute Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 AM
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Museum campus has four buildings, featuring natural scince,local history,decorative arts, and contemporary art. Considered NH,s most eclectic museum. Yankee magazine award for best small museum in New England. Founded in 1916.
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JORDAN B
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A hidden gem, and a must-see for anyone who loves unusual museums.
May 2021
The Woodman is a superb complex of mini museums, ranging from 19th-century taxidermy specimens to the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln. It is eclectic and eccentric, with a wonderful cabinet of curiosity vibe. We had a delightful tour with Stewart, who was knowledgeable and engaging.

This is a hidden gem, and a must-see for anyone who loves museums. They are capacity-controlled because of Covid, but they are ramping up to accommodate more visitors. As a museum in a small town, they are not flush with cash, and so an influx of visitors would be a boon to this most deserving institution. So: go! And be delighted.
Written May 19, 2021
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travelingteacher51
Pepperell, MA1,423 contributions
As Good as Big Museums in Big Cities
Oct 2020
We learned about this great museum on a TV program. Fantastic museum. We needed reservations because the docent takes you around. Mike was very knowledgeable and answered all our questions.
There is something for everyone and it would take hours to enjoy it all. We were there 2 hours. Nature, history, geology, art, etc. There is a great deal to see in all the building. The carriage house was closed because of the Covid. If you have never been there--I would suggest going. It is a hidden gem. The entrance fee was very reasonable. Check out the web site and my pictures. I hope this helps.
Written October 4, 2020
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pbnuttybar
Tamaqua, PA18 contributions
Natural and local history
Aug 2019
We had a personel tour that was very enjoyable. The victorian taxidermy collection was a huge hit with kids. There are multiple buildings open for viewing. There is also a colonial bunk house preserved on site. Most of the buildings are ADA accessable at least to the ground floors.
Written February 11, 2020
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Regina Whitehorse
Jerusalem, Israel9 contributions
Charming museum worth a 2 hour visit
Aug 2019
The staff was very helpful (told us how to get to train station, gave us a discount as we had only one hour to spend there, showed us around several of the exhibits).
We enjoyed the stuffed and mounted animals.
There was a newly-renovated cannon in its own shack which was really interesting
Also saw a 17th century house moved to site.
Got a good sense of what an early 20th century museum looked like, which was very different than we were used to.
Worth a two-hour visit, if you're in the area.
Written September 4, 2019
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erind982
33 contributions
Family visit
Jun 2019 • Friends
Nice museum it has many different artifacts which are under glass. My kids were interested in most of the displays, but lots of glass and no room for antsy children. So heads up! But educational!
Written August 6, 2019
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juliemG6905CZ
Dover, NH47 contributions
So many things to see allow at least 2 hours if not more!
Dec 2018 • Family
This is a hidden gem that I wish I had discovered years ago! So many things to discover about Dover's history and nicely displaced. I look forward to going back in the spring!
Written January 30, 2019
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ticel2017
Dover, United States11 contributions
Full of History and Mystery
Jan 2019 • Family
What a treasure of historical things from our past. Even the buildings are part of the collection, with the Garrison house, the original Woodman house, and the Hale mansion you have all kinds of trivia and fascinating collections of historical items. Yes, POTUS#16 did sleep in Dover-several times. When you are in the Hale house look for the piano that Lucy used to play. You can almost hear the soft music of a beautiful debutante (some say on a quiet evening as you walk past the Hale House you might hear the sweet soft melancholy tune coming from that general direction or a even get a glimpse of John Wilkes Booth's fiance) playing the piano. Ask questions: every item has a story some are humors and some will stop you cold, but cause you to think about what was the 10th busiest sea port at on time.
Written January 15, 2019
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RufusTF603
New Durham, NH27 contributions
Quirky, ideosyncratic, fascinating
May 2018
Woodman Institute is a testimony to one man's wacko collecting mania. If it can be collected, it's probably represented here: stuffed animals, butterflies, arms, WWI paraphenalia, teacups, model trains, 1700's tools and daily wares including a complete garrison house from the colonial period. Will require multiple visits to wade through it all. Good luck!
Written December 19, 2018
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Wombat27_11
Brattleboro, VT199 contributions
A Gem of a Museum!
Sep 2018 • Couples
Woodman Museum is a stunningly wonderful “old fashioned” museum. Don’t be put off by that! By “old fashioned” I mean this is a place dedicated to the many amazing elements of natural beauty -- animals, birds, sea creatures, rocks, minerals, gems. But it is also dedicated to the many amazing objects of human endeavor -- painting, furniture, silver work, and human industry. And then it is also a place that holds much of the history of the Dover area, from its beginnings as a small, vulnerable settlement to it rise as a center for woven goods, to its gradual change to the city it is today.

There are no computer screens here, no flashing lights, no video clips. Yet the two main buildings hold the world, natural and manmade. The two plus hours I spent here recently were just an appetizer. I could go back again and again, to stand and wonder at the differences between elk antlers and those on a moose – standing nose to nose with each. Or to ponder the intricacies of human relationships in the family of a NH State Senator, his daughter, and John Wilkes Booth. Or to wonder at so many other objects and themes that are presented. This is in many ways a place that leaves you with more questions than answers and that, in my estimation, is a good thing!

There are three structures to the museum, two brick buildings and a wooden structure. The first brick building contains the gift shop and admissions desk. Here also are two rooms for changing exhibits (the day I was there the exhibits were about the development and constant change in telephones, and in movie cameras. Both were fascinating.) This building also contains most of the natural history exhibits. The other brick building is more dedicated to human endeavors: painting, silver work, furniture, architecture. Here too is a great deal of information about the history of Dover.

The fame structure between the two brick buildings houses a smaller frame structure – a “Garrison House” from 1640. A Garrison House was a very sturdily built wooden building to which settlers would repair when attacked. It was humbling to stand in a space where Dover’s ancestors stood for protection from furious attack after the Boston authorities double crossed the local Native American peoples.

Docents here are a mix of volunteer and employee. The older gentleman volunteer docent is himself a gem -- energetic and knowledgeable. Dedicate time to wander here, purge your mind of 21st century speed and manic consumption, and delight in all those people, natural events, and developments that brought us to today.
Written September 30, 2018
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Ponch84
Miami, FL159 contributions
The Woodman Institute is Family Fun
Aug 2018 • Business
On our way through New Hampshire we visited the Woodman Institute Museum with the kids. We all enjoyed the displays and the weird collection this place houses. I was not expecting much, but I was very surprised. I found the museum by surprise, was not ebven in our agenda. Glad we we stopped by. Kids loved it. Will be back next time we are in the area.
Written August 31, 2018
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