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“Woodman Institute”

Woodman Institute Museum
Ranked #2 of 15 things to do in Dover
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Reviewed November 26, 2013

I love the Woodman Institute, and wish more people knew more about it. It's kind of a modge podge of collections, but all equally great. Every few months, they change an exhibit in the front. My favorite it the Garrison out back that you can go inside and see what it was like living in New Hampshire in the 1600s. Very cool.

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Reviewed November 25, 2013

I have been many times and always something new. It is a great place for adults and children. If you are interested in History this is the place to spend a long afternoon.

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Reviewed November 11, 2013

The Woodman Institute Museum is a conveniently located, and often underrated piece of local charm. While it may seem like an unassuming old house from the street, you will find room after room of historical artifacts. There are actually four houses included on the property, all full to the brim with information and antique pieces from the Dover area, New England in general, and all over the world. If taxidermy interests you, you will find many interesting specimens from all walks of life including a full sized polar bear, giant man eating clam shell, birds of all varieties, and much more! There are rooms dedicated to war memorabilia touching upon every important time period in American history. See photographs from the mill days in Dover, fire fighting equipment, Native American tools, and even fossils dating back thousands of years. The crown jewel of the experience for me was the Garrison House, an "authentic colonial garrison" built in 1675 and moved to its present site from the Back River District in Dover. It is an incredibly well preserved example of life during its time, with hundreds of home artifacts intact. If you love history, there will be something at Woodman for you!

Thank EvanServo
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Reviewed August 5, 2013

I have gone to this museum almost as long as the indian block house has been there. only kidding. This is a great museum w/lots to see and learn from. If you are in the area and care anything about history or the early Dover area, go and see this wonderful treasure.

Thank Harry B
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

My father loves museums and anything historic and the Woodman Institute was a hidden treasure in Dover. I've lived here for years and never checked it out but was glad we did. The volunteers working there obviously are there because they love it and my father really had a great time.

Thank sambackus
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