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Review of Woodman Institute Museum

Woodman Institute Museum
Ranked #2 of 13 things to do in Dover
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Owner description: 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.
Rochester, New Hampshire
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57 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2012

Lots of artifacts and history galore Go at your own speed. Low admission price. Lot of stuff packed on small building.

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English first
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30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Woodman Institute Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

You will be greeted at the door by a huge stuffed bear, this is the tip that this museum is full of charming and beautiful oddities. They have tableaus with Indians, and petrified two-headed creatures in jars. And so much more! And don't miss the garrison house that is preserved in the back. Truly a historic relic and not to be missed.

Visited May 2012
1 Thank whatzupneworleansLA
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58 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Woodman Museum - Best NE Museum”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2012

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.

Visited July 2012
3 Thank cjmPhoenix
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New England
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124 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Interesting place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2012

I was impressed when I visited a couple years ago, remembering the place from when I went as a child (at least 50 years ago!). Sometimes an odd collection of artifacts, but the historical section is especially good, expecially if you're interested in the local area. Definitely worth a visit.

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Dover NH
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Eclectic collection of oddities and local artifacts.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2012

This is a must see for anyone visiting Dover or even those who live in the area and have never been. There is an odd collection of things here, ranging from the Polar bear that greats you (not a native species) as you enter, to the military uniforms from local veterans (indigenous to the area) that await you on the top floor. Some of the more memorable items include the two headed snake preserved in a jar, the four legged chicken and the myriad of butterflies and beetles available for your perusal.
If you arrive on the right day and are fortunate enough to meet the Curator, you may be able to visit the Hale house, which holds items that are more closely related to Dover's and NH's history. Additionally, the Damme Garrison house that is located behind the museum is billed as the oldest house in the area having been built in 1675 and looks the part. It is a interesting piece of history as you wonder how Europeans survived life in the colonial era

Visited April 2011
1 Thank danieljchapin
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