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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.
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2013 via mobile

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 machinery. It was fun to see these machines in action! A great stop on our Vermont vacation.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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“Surprisingly Rich and Detailed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 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 to develop interchangeable parts for rifles and were later visited by Samuel Colt and emissaries from the Springfield Armory who wished to study these techniques. They made innumerable rifles for the North in the Civil War. The company was founded and developed by two VT brothers who never got beyond high school. The contributions of these two to American technology and the industrial revolution are truly significant and yet almost unknown. They also designed tools to make tools that would make tools. Many of the originals are still on the museum floor and there are some working models one can study.

One would think that the appeal of this museum would by largely to males, but my wife was equally fascinated. Unfortunately, we had an appointment that force us to cut our visit short after only two hours. Plan on spending more time.

Visited August 2013
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Jamestown, New York
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“American Precision Museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 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 show how they could make parts. The museum had a park that overlook the river next to it that runs through Windsor, but it was destroyed in the floodings from Hurricane Irene.

Visited September 2013
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Bridgewater NJ USA
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“Loved it! A part of history you never think of!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 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 not just guns. There is also a super Civil War collection interspersed among the machinery that puts a lot into a historical perspective. Don't miss the display of miniature but working machines in the back corner. They also have a machinery demonstration in the center where you can see some of the machinery In operation Take a look at the neat chess set made into different shapes with the machinery!

Visited August 2013
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“Manufacturing of firearms for the civil war and specilization of machine tools”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 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 worth the extra time especially if you have an interested in the start of the machine age.

The regular exhibit area on the first floor was beautifully presented with a man showing how some of the machines work and to answer questions. The area looks like a real machine working floor. This is where the Civil War exhibit is. There will be some very interesting presentations coming up in the next few months by noted historians and writers/film makers. Take a look at the American Precision Museum web site. I am going to go to one event presented by James McPherson and Howard Coffin about the Civil War.

Visited July 2013
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