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“Do not pass this up. What a great look into machining history”

American Precision Museum
Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in Windsor
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Owner description: Museum has the largest collection of machine tools in the country.
Dallas, Texas
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63 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Do not pass this up. What a great look into machining history”
Reviewed October 21, 2012

Wife and I stopped in during a leaf-peeping visit. This was a wonderful surprise. The number of old machines is amazing, and the information displayed for each one was very helpful and educational. There are no barriers or glass covering these displays, which really allows you a close and detailed look.

There is a center section that contains machines that are operated throughout the day by very knowledgeable machinists. My wife watched as the operator made a small brass goblet and a gear that he gave her. She was full of questions, and he was able to answer all of them.

There is also a nice gun display, with information on how standardization and "precision" helped advance the military's capability. The building itself is an old Armory, right on a small creek. Not to be missed.

Visited October 2012
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East Tennessee
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“Interesting for machine hobbyists.”
Reviewed October 18, 2012

There is a large display of big lathes, milling machines, boring machines, etc. which would interest those who work with those kinds of devices. The historical evolution of the machines is well done.

Visited October 2012
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Playa Samara, Costa Rica
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“glimpse back in time”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

there was an exhibit about making guns for the Civil War. Reading all the letters and paraphenalia of the soldiers made me cry. One of the volunteers tooled up a very small wine glass made of brass. It is well worth visiting.

Visited September 2012
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Norwich, Vermont
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88 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Don't Miss the Current Civil War Exhibits!”
Reviewed August 26, 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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Philadelphia
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51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“One of a kind”
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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