Woodman Institute Museum

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Woodman Institute
The Woodman Institute, Dover, NH.jpg
Woodman Institute Museum
Woodman Institute Museum is located in New Hampshire
Woodman Institute Museum
Location 182 Central Ave., Dover, New Hampshire
Coordinates 43°11′23″N 70°52′27″W / 43.18972°N 70.87417°W / 43.18972; -70.87417Coordinates: 43°11′23″N 70°52′27″W / 43.18972°N 70.87417°W / 43.18972; -70.87417
Built 1675 Damm Garrison
1813 Hale House
1818 Woodman House
1827 Keefe House
Architect Captain William Palmer
Architectural style Federal, Garrison House
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 80000317[1]
Added to NRHP July 24, 1980

The Woodman Institute Museum in Dover, New Hampshire, United States, 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.[1]

The museum's campus now includes three brick houses of Federal style architecture, one of which is the former home of noted abolitionist Senator John P. Hale. Inside are exhibits of local history and natural history (encompassing the largest American rock and mineral collection north of Boston), in addition to art and antiques. One famous item is the saddle in which President Abraham Lincoln rode to review troops shortly before his assassination. A collection of artifacts showcases the nation's past, with a special emphasis on Dover's history.

Visitors can see the set of samurai armor a Japanese delegate to the 1905 Portsmouth Peace Conference (Treaty of Portsmouth) gave to a waiter at the Hotel Wentworth, examples of Dover's textile output, relics from every war in which the United States has fought, an old 13 star American flag, a 10 foot stuffed polar bear from the Arctic, an old piano made with genuine ivory keys, and a collection of stuffed birds, fish and mammals.

On the museum's grounds is the 1675 William Damm Garrison, the oldest intact garrison house in the state, as well as the oldest house in Dover. It survived the Cochecho Massacre, and was later moved across town for preservation under a permanent shelter. Also within the shelter, visitors may see a brass Napoleon cannon used in the Civil War, one of only seven left in existence.

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 

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