Woodman Institute Museum

Hi Trailblazers join us as we tour "The WOODMAN INSTITUTE MUSEUM" in historic Dover, New Hampshire, re-OPENS at NOON on APRIL 3rd with new trustees, a new curator and new exhibits. Considered one of New England’s finest nineteenth century style natural science, local history and art museums offering visitors from across the country and around the world a unique museum experience.

Cost $8 to get in.

Visitors will find new additions to the mill and Civil War exhibits and many changes in the historic 1675 garrison house. This season’s feature exhibit in the Woodman House is “QUENCH YOUR THIRST…a history of Dover bottlers..” An opportunity to see examples of Dover milk bottles representing the local dairy farms, pharmacy bottles embossed with the names of local pharmacists, and soda bottlers like Robinson Brothers, Mission Beverage and the Dover Bottling Company. See a rare 1923 Christmas Coke bottle embossed Dover, N.H. and the whiskey bottlers like Rochester Bottling once located on Third Street in Dover, Durkin, Mallen & Loughlin and M.R. Kennedy…. even shot glasses from the Kimball Hotel and the Turf Cafe in the old Morrill Block. In addition…early examples of hand blown and machine made bottles from the collection of bottle archeologist Bram Hepburn, offers a historical view of early bottle making in New England. A seperate display offers the visitor a chance to see unique and unusal figural bottles that include early Saratoga Springs water bottles, cathedral style pepper sauce and bitters bottles, a three sided poison bottle and a sample of the large 1910 Carter’s ink bottled once used to fill the smaller ink wells in school desks. The wonderful shapes and colors will fascinate and educate all who visit this once in a lifetime exhibition.

The Woodman features one of the largest mineral collections north of Boston, an entire room displaying Civil War artifacts including a rare Napoleon Cannon and the saddle used by President Lincoln to do a military review only days before the assassination. Police/fire memorabilia, nautical instruments and ship models are displayed with antique dolls/toys, military swords, including a 1700s Japanese ceremonial sword from the Russian Japanese Treaty of 1905 and a suit of medieval armor. YES, the 10 foot polar bear 27 pound lobster and the four legged baby chicken are on display in the Woodman House. One of the most eclectic collections you will ever see.

The Woodman Institute Museum at 182 Central Ave. is open Wednesday – Sunday 12:30 – 4:30. Exhibits for all ages and interests are displayed through-out three historic homes. Visitors should allow at least two hours for your visit. GROUP TOURS are welcome by appointment. Call [masked]begin_of_the_skype_highlighting [masked] FREE end_of_the_skype_highlighting / Just one hour north of Boston, Mass. Only 12 miles from N.H. beaches. Take exit 8E off Rt 16 Spaulding Turnpike onto Silver St. right at Central Ave

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  • Christopher B.

    the displays were truly interesting and the tour guide knew his history.

    April 29, 2013

    • Ellen W.

      he sure did, didn't he!

      April 29, 2013

  • Ellen W.

    very interesting. curator very informative - how he remembers all that information is beyond me

    April 28, 2013

  • Ellen W.

    lived in dover for a few years haven't been to this museum. looking forward to it!

    April 26, 2013

  • Diane W.

    I'd love to but will be out of town!

    April 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've joined the group before moving to the area. I like seeing historical excursions offered!

    April 4, 2013

  • Scott M.

    Cant wait to see the mineral collection, love crystals , agates ,semi precious stones etc..

    April 4, 2013

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