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Woodman Institute Museum, Dover

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The Woodman Institute Museum is located at 182 Central Avenue in Dover, New Hampshire, United States. It is a museum dedicated to history, science and the arts. It was created in 1915 with a bequest of $100,000 from philanthropist Annie Woodman to encourage her city's education in those three fields. The institute opened on July 26, 1916. Under the name of "Woodman Institute", the museum was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
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  • 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... 
    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...  more »
  • 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... 
    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...  more »
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  • Absolutely THE best experience with my grandsons. Mark, our tour guide was fantastic. He tuned into my 10 and 12 Year old grandsons and connected with them in a way his mother or I could not. The displays were more than I would have expected. I’ve been to Harvard’s taxidermy and The boys and I were so impressed. I would not overlook this opportunity to spend time with your children/ grandchildren. It was truly impressive!! My daughter was impressed with how much the boys absorbed! I loved it too!
  • The first time I'd visited the museum was when I was 5 years old. I went back today with my kids. I was beyond thrilled to see the polar bear was still there. The museum had thousands of pieces including a full, original building from the 1600s (The Garrison). Essentially it's an American history museum from the colonial period to about the sixties. The main building has: Minerals World war memorabilia Vintage dolls Insect and taxidermy examples (bison, moose, manatee, owls, other birds, moths, butterflies, etc) The Garrison is full of time period antiques including spinning wheels, cobbler tools, etc. The third house belonged to Senator Hale who worked with Lincoln on abolition and who's daughter was the fiancee of John Wilkes Booth. It is two floors of pieces from the Lincoln years as well as from the textile period in Dover history. In short it's worth a visit, or two. I look forward to going back without my kids so I can take more time.

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