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American Precision Museum

196 Main Street, Windsor, VT
802 674 5781
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Ranked #3 of 13 attractions in Windsor
Type: Specialty Museums
Description: Museum has the largest collection of machine tools in the country.
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Great Neck, NY
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37 reviews 37 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
28 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
8 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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3 attraction reviews
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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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Bridgewater NJ USA
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127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

This was certainly a unique museum. We often don't think about how the guns for the Civil War were made or who make them. This wonderful collection of tool and dye equipment and other types of machinery played a unique role in the making of guns an equipment. It also created the idea of standardized parts and interchangeable components for... More

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Top Contributor
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51 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

The American Precision Museum has a special exhibit about machine tools that were needed by arms makers and the history of the machine needs during the Civil War. Along with this are exhibits and artifacts of people who fought in the Civil War from Vermont. We went on a Sunday for the Behind The Scenes Tour. It was interesting and... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

We saw this advertised at the rest stop in VT. My husband likes guns and we are both history lovers. We went on a Sunday and admission was free. The place was very interesting. There was a lot more then just how they make guns. There was a lot of interesting civil war artifacts along with stories and history of... More

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Windsor, Vermont, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2013

There's an elderly gentleman that works there that we met through the local gun shop. He worked there and had many stories to tell. He was very knowledgeable on the local history...even including some stories of his own.

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nh
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

quite amazing display and demonstrations--could spend a lot of time there taking in all the information. Historic building on the river. Fascinating local history with far-reaching US history impact.

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Ever wonder how the mass production of interchangeable parts was accomplished? The story unfolds in this unique and fascinating museum in Windsor, Vermont. Here you can see the history of the precision machine tool and how they were first developed to make parts for guns all housed in the original 1840's Robbins & Lawrence Armory and Machine Shop.

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