Woodman Institute Museum
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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Robin L
Adams, MA145 contributions
Jul 2022
Wow, what a great museum. Don't let the small size fool you. This place is loaded with all sorts of stuff. Military items from the Revolution to the Vietnam War, textiles, old bottles, pottery, plates, stuffed animals (taxidermy), minerals, a fabulous butterfly display with hundreds of butterflies and moths, old kitchen tools, an old garrison house, cannons. We spent a very enjoyable couple of hours wandering around. Well worth the price of admission.
Warning: if you have mobility issues this may be difficult to get around because of the stairs, especially the very steep stairs to the attic in the garrison house.
Written July 30, 2022
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JORDAN B
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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, MA1,420 contributions
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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cjmPhoenix
phoenix124 contributions
Jul 2012 • Family
Went to see a tour of the Woodman Museum and was blown away by the fantastic collection that ranges from one of the only remaining 1600's Garrison Houses left in the country to articles from the Revolution, Civil War, Lincoln assassination, World Wars, Cold War, etc. All of it is in the context of the local community and historical figures. Our tour was led by a gentleman named Tom. He was quite informative and kept everyone interested from 5 year old kids to grandparents. This is a great place to visit and a fantastic repository for American historical artifacts. Don't miss it.
Written July 12, 2012
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erind982
45 contributions
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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ticel2017
Dover, United States11 contributions
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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slarson127
Dover, NH278 contributions
Jun 2018 • Family
Dover nh will soon celebrate 400 years as a colony and state. much of this history is documented in the woodman. the tour of the dam garrison house takes you back to life and survival ancient America. Dover and the New Hampshire seacoast are thriving economically today and for the past 400 years and the woodman is a place to experience this
Written July 24, 2018
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carolejaffe
Dover, NH7 contributions
May 2018 • Family
The Woodman Museum offers a great opportunity to see what life was like in Dover during the 17th and 18 th century. There are also great and scary stuffed animals and other oddities. There is so much to see, so plan for at least 2 hours to wander.
Written July 9, 2018
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JFL622014
Taunton, MA9 contributions
Nov 2017
Very interesting museum with many different collections from nature, history, furniture and local history. The docents were friendly and very knowledgeable. It has a lot to see, so a second visit will be planned!
Written November 9, 2017
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Amherstduo
5 contributions
Jun 2015 • Couples
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 to go back regularly. Woodman should be much better known among New England attractions.
Written June 28, 2015
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