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American Precision Museum

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Address: 196 Main Street, Windsor, VT
Phone Number: 802 674 5781
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Description: Museum has the largest collection of machine tools in the country.

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Unique and wonderful

it is a small gem. I learned a ton about how things work and about american history in a lovely environment. If you can get Carl the demonstrator talking it's amazing. He was a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Brooklyn, New York
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015 via mobile

it is a small gem. I learned a ton about how things work and about american history in a lovely environment. If you can get Carl the demonstrator talking it's amazing. He was a master machinist and is fascinating if he thinks you're sincere. This was our second visit. Absolutely a gem

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Windsor, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Significant museum highlighting a unique collection of machine tools, and historic artifacts dating back to the 18th century. Interactive displays. This is where interchangeable parts started. Informed friendly staff. A definite visit for people of all ages!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This was much more enjoyable than I had anticipated. Initially, I believed we would just be viewing a precision tool making machine collection. However, the highlight of our visit was our interactions with Clay, a volunteer, and Lakota, a high school intern from the River Valley Technical Center. Clay, a retired machinist, was extremely knowledgable regarding the history and use... More 

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Methuen
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

The museum is located in the Robbins & Lawrence Armory and has the largest and best collection of machine tools, even better than the Smithsonian's according to one MIT professor. We were guided through the machines on display by a knowledgeable volunteer who had worked in the field for over 40 years. His explanations really added to our understanding of... More 

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Vermont
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This is a great little museum with a fascinating story that touches all of us -- the beginnings of precision interchangeable parts that we all take so much for granted today. The innovations that began here are the reason we have affordable computers, cell phones and automobiles. The history is well described and illustrated here. Working machine shop demonstrations are... More 

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Scotland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Love the whole feel of this museum, have been several times when in Windsor, VT. Lovely slice of history of the area and of United States in 19thc. Got an excellent demonstration of the machines from a docent, knew his stuff!

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The Dalles, Oregon
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 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 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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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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