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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
Description: Museum has the largest collection of machine tools in the country.
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Ottawa, Canada
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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