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Address: 196 Main Street, Windsor, VT
Phone Number: 802 674 5781
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Museum has the largest collection of machine tools in the country.

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Seasonally closed during winter: Nov 1 - May 28

We were in Windsor, were interested in visiting, but on the museums Website noted the seasonal closing. Since this was NOT mentioned on the TripAdvisor page thought we should note... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
JoeBobNH
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We were in Windsor, were interested in visiting, but on the museums Website noted the seasonal closing. Since this was NOT mentioned on the TripAdvisor page thought we should note this edit for the listing

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

It is almost next to Saint Gaudens Historic Site and just after you exit the longest covered bridge in the U.S. Interchangeable parts were perfected here, which contributed mightily to the North winning the Civil War. This factory produced the machinery that built guns. If you took shop class in high school, they have machinery that will bring back that... More 

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Thank Caryn N
Wilbraham, Massachusetts
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92 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

If you are an engineer, tool maker or just interested in machinery, this is the place for you. Lots of vintage machinery from local manufacturers with lots of history. From planers to sewing machines these tools all have an interesting story. It's amazing. Some beautiful working miniatures there too.

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Thank GimmeKiss
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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60 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2015

The museum is packed with early precision machines, mostly from the 1800's, which allowed mass production. Some of the machines looked like art pieces, really beautiful. We were there on a weekend and there were plenty of guides around to help explain the different pieces. Some were giving demonstrations.

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Thank cpieper
Knoxville, Tennessee
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8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Arrived on a Sunday and was allowed to enter for free, but was able to leave a donation. A self guided tour with lots of signs and videos as demos. Stayed about an hour and a half, because it was so very interesting. Glad I drove out of my way to see this.

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Thank 50StatesBucketlist
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17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Nice little museum packed with so much to see. Personal tour by staff. Lots of information. Very interesting. Easy to find right on the main road.

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Thank Juliette P
Towson, Maryland
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17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Interesting tie in to gun manufacturing during the civil war. We were there in the middle of the week so there were no volunteers to expand your knowledge of the equipment.

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Thank Nancy G
Capitola, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

The kids were immediately entertained by the interactive blocks/toys set up just inside the entrance. Thorough display of machines and friendly knowledgable volunteers. Had to convince my family to make yet another stop on our road trip, and this museum didn't disappoint.

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Thank ChristieaD
Brooklyn, New York
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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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Thank Phillips3675
Windsor, Vermont
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11 reviews
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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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Thank JaneAndTed

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