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American Precision Museum

196 Main Street, Windsor, VT
802 674 5781
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Ranked #5 of 13 Attractions in Windsor
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Museum has the largest collection of machine tools in the country.
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Museum has the largest collection of machine tools in the country.

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The Dalles, Oregon
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59 reviews 59 reviews
44 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We have a very interesting visit here. The guide there gave us detailed information about the history of the various machines.

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Telluride, Colorado
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97 reviews 97 reviews
31 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This museum had been on our bucket list, as we had seen it on a television program. In the program, there were docents actively running the machinery, and explaining what was going on. When we arrived at the museum, the attendant explained that they don't run the machines anymore because they're afraid they'll wear out. Although we didn't buy that... More 

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Auburn, New Hampshire
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Fantastic exhibits of machine tools. Saw an excellent temporary exhibit of Civil War artifacts and history.

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Ottawa, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 via mobile

As laypeople, at first we found the explanations of the vintage machinery a bit technical, but the patient museum guide explained this machinery's importance in fostering the industrial revolution. The idea that you can make identical, interchangeable parts rapidly and in large numbers led to the world we know today. The guide demonstrated some machines, making small brass goblets and... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

For more than a century, machine tools were the centerpiece of the local economy in the Upper Valley. While the process of manufacturing is far removed from most people's lives, this museum offers visitors the chance to see important pieces of industrial history. Just seeing all the machinery arrayed in this historic building, driven by the overhead, water-driven belt system,... More 

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I attended this museum today with high hopes and was frankly disappointed. The Civil War exhibit brought me here,but other than some interesting riffles there wasn't anything I hadn't seen before. The machines lack a good description of what it is you are looking at. And finally the 8.00 admission price seems particularly steep when one sees how small the... More 

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Great Neck, NY
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

When you're in an area without much to do, you do it all. So, this museum was interesting and a real surprise. A real boon for my significant other who is a real history buff. Boring for young children unless interested in guns and machinery and how things work.

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106 reviews 106 reviews
33 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

This small museum was spectacular! It offers great details and artifacts regarding Vermonters in the civil war. The museum also has many wonderful pieces of machinery used to make rifles. The docent made us a tiny goblet on the lathe and stamped a piece of brass with the museum name before turning it into a gear with another piece of... More 

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Western Ma
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47 reviews 47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

The American Precision Museum building is modestly appointed and seemingly inconsequential. I joked with my wife that it might contain three musket balls and a broken musket. I do so like being wrong in instances like this. The museum contains a fascinating collections of early rifles and pistols and possesses a wealth of history and significance. They were the first... More 

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Jamestown, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Fantastic exhibit on the role played in the Civil War. The exhibit included a lot of first hand accounts and artifacts which helped make the war more "real" even though it was over 150 years ago. The permanent exhibit of precision tools was interesting. There was a docent on hand who demonstrated the use of one of the machines to... More 

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