The American Precision Museum is located in the renovated 1846 Robbins & Lawrence factory on South Main Street in Windsor, Vermont. The building is said to be the first U.S. factory at which precision interchangeable parts were made, giving birth to the precision machine tool industry. In recognition of this history, the building was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966. In 1987, the building was recognized by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers as an International Heritage Site, and the collection was recognized as an International Heritage Collection. For each of these designations, the armory was considered a site where pivotal events occurred in the history of American industry, as well as a place that lends itself to comprehensive interpretation of that history.Make American Precision Museum a centerpiece of your Windsor vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Windsor trip planner.
A "machine tool" is a machine which makes parts to other machines, such as screws or gun stocks, generally without a skilled craftsman doing the precision work. Instead, a machine operator controls the machine as it does the precision work. Lathes, milling machines, and drill presses are precision machine tools. The museum has the largest collection of historically significant machine tools in the United States. The museum's holdings include a collection of industrial machinery spanning the first one hundred years of precision manufacturing, along with fine examples of early machined products including rifles, sewing machines, and typewriters. Photographs and archival records provide additional resources for interpreting this critical phase of the Industrial Revolution.
The museum is open daily from 10am until 5pm from May 1 through October.
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One of my sons is interested in mechanical engineering so we decided to stop by here. It was worth it. We were the only guests at that time so we were able to take our time looking around. I have...
One of my sons is interested in mechanical engineering so we decided to stop by here. It was worth it. We were the only guests at that time so we were able to take our time looking around. I have... more »
This was my husband's favorite activity on our vacation. Anyone interested in machinery and inovations should not miss this museum. It was well worth the admission and he would go again if the...
This was my husband's favorite activity on our vacation. Anyone interested in machinery and inovations should not miss this museum. It was well worth the admission and he would go again if the... more »
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