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“Don't Miss the Current Civil War Exhibits!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of American Precision Museum

American Precision Museum
196 Main Street, Windsor, VT
802 674 5781
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Ranked #5 of 13 things to do in Windsor
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Owner description: Museum has the largest collection of machine tools in the country.
Norwich, Vermont
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“Don't Miss the Current Civil War Exhibits!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

The American Precision Museum, housed in the old Robbins & Lawrence Armory in Windsor, VT, is a treasure in more ways than one. It is home to the largest collection of machine tools in the country; further, not only machines, but also the products made on them, such as rifles, sewing machines, and typewriters. If you are in the Upper Valley this summer, you should not miss the latest two exhibitions, Arming the Union and Full Duty. The latter exhibit, Full Duty, includes Civil War artifacts from the remarkable collection of Vermont's leading Civil War Historian, Howard Coffin. This is the first time that these artifacts have been on public display. Also of interest is a working machine shop, where students from a local technical college and volunteers demonstrate the manufacturing process on machine tools, such a lathe or a milling machine.

If you are going to be in Vermont on October 13, 2012, you should plan to attend the museum's Annual Model Engineering Show. Not only will you see APM's extraordinary models of John Aschauer and his Machine Shop, you will see the work of North America's leading model makers.

I heartily recommend this gem of a museum!

Visited August 2012
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“One of a kind”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Interesting place and one of a kind showing tool making devices thst among other uses supplied some of the gun making materials for the civil war. Interesting

Visited August 2012
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“My Second Home”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

I love tools, all manner of tools and this was a delight for anyone with a mechanical interest. It is amazing to see the things that helped to bring the world into a different age. It is hard to imagine the people coming up with new and different ways to build and create. I learned so much and marvel at the variety of items that are preserved for people like me to enjoy. I could come back again and again. Just wonderful!

Visited July 2012
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“Interesting”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

Very interesting artifacts. Building is beautiful. Volunteers were friendly and helpful. One gentleman even made us a few little souvenirs to take home. Probably not for kids but anyone interested in machinery would enjoy a visit.

Visited June 2012
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“unexpectedly interesting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

Looks like a drive-by from the road but a stop and an hour's look around are well rewarded. A civil war exhibit along with up-close rare old machine tools that made the guns easily held my and my wife's attention.

Visited June 2012
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