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Woodman Insitute Museum

Experience the distinct style of Dover concentrated into one carefully preserved museum. The Woodman Institute Museum encompasses four historic houses, the oldest Sycamore Tree in the county, and lush rain gardens. It was founded in 1916 to offer a place for visitors to experience the natural sciences, arts, and history of Dover. Just a 15 minute walk away, our hotel near the Woodman Museum is your dream coastal escape with nautical guest rooms that showcase the beating heart of Dover.

Garrison City History

After renovating a historic Dover building into a boutique hotel in 2017, The Garrison Hotel may seem new but our roots grow deep. The Damm Garrison House is perhaps better known as the oldest house in Dover, built in 1675 and housing over 800 colonial-era artifacts.

This garrison-style architecture is the inspiration for our name, as well as Dover’s nickname, The Garrison City. Come celebrate the spirit of Dover, a family spirit that permeates throughout our refreshing hotel and the history within the walls of the Woodman Institute.

Our Lobby Exhibit

Stop by our lobby during your stay at The Garrison to see our curated exhibit of artifacts borrowed from the Woodman Institute. Within the display cases are pieces of local American history, such as items from the Samuel Adams family as well as tools and photographs from the Damm Garrison House. Not only are we here for that boutique experience, but also that local touch.

Local New Hampshire History

The museum boasts a diverse array of exhibits, including minerals, fossils, taxidermy, art, city records, and artifacts specific to Dover in the 19th century. Tour the four historic houses of the Woodman Institute Museum.

  • The Woodman House
  • The Damm Garrison House
  • The John Parker Hale House
  • The Keefe House

If you’re planning a stay at The Garrison Hotel, a trip to the Woodman Institute Museum is a necessary stop.