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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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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: Museum has the largest collection of machine tools in the country.

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One of the best takes in Vermont

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 23, 2015
Susan S
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Methuen
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Methuen
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17 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 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 16 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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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 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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39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 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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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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Additional Information about American Precision Museum

Address: 196 Main Street, Windsor, VT
Phone Number: 802 674 5781
Location: United States  >  Vermont (VT)  >  Windsor
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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