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American Precision Museum

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Address: 196 Main St, Windsor, VT 05089-1312
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+1 802-674-5781
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

Museum has the largest collection of machine tools in the country.

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We were looking for something to do with our kids and stumbled onto a listing for this museum. We are always looking for something educational, and this was a very good... read more

Reviewed 13 August 2016
Concord, New Hampshire
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Concord, New Hampshire
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2016

We were looking for something to do with our kids and stumbled onto a listing for this museum. We are always looking for something educational, and this was a very good surprise. Museum had a smaller outer room, with AC (it was hot outside). A little info, a model of a steam engine, and a table for kids to play... More 

1 Thank Robert_Camper
Haymarket, Virginia
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83 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

This is an excellent small museum on the significance of precision machinery in the development of Americfan manufacturing.

Thank Patricia K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

Museum has well curated displays of machinery from before the (American) Civil War through the industrial revolution, until today. Many machines are loaded with demo stock to allow the lay person to visualize how they work. There's a demo shop staffed by an intern to show the capabilites of modern machines. There are a few specific areas with hands on... More 

Thank Maryann V
Auckland, New Zealand
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344 reviews
227 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

We were looking for somewhere interesting to stopover on a trip and came across this place. We're not engineering buffs but still found this facinating. Just incredible that the meeting of three innovative people at a place and time can change history, which is literally what happened here. Great collection of old machine tools well laid out with good information.... More 

Thank Neil B
Brooklyn, New York, United States
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279 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 June 2016

A very thorough collection of precision machinery throughout the industrial age... milling machines, drill presses, lathes, and more. The facility is large and roomy, and there's also an area where an intern will demonstrate some of the machinery, and perhaps give you the result as a souvenir.

1 Thank David Z
Boston, Massachusetts
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 May 2016

Learned a lot about American history and machinery. Amazing models of machines! Friendly staff. They even machined a souvenir before our eyes.

1 Thank Lipofskydotcom
Concord, New Hampshire
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2016 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

4 Thank JoeBobNH
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 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 

2 Thank Caryn N
Wilbraham, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 November 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.

Thank GimmeKiss
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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61 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 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.

Thank cpieper

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