Working at the American Precision Museum opened the door for me to talk to many professionals from the Manufacturing and Engineering fields. These insightful conversations helped me narrow down my career goals and focus my career path within Manufacturing as I went off to college. My time at APM prepared me to enter the workforce with first-hand knowledge and a network of contacts that will serve me well in the years to come.
-Paul, former intern
The American Precision Museum: Honoring the history of the manufacturing technology industry in the USA.
By their nature, museums preserve history in art, science and technological advances.
In the case of the American Precision Museum, the building itself is an historic landmark which housed the Robbins & Lawrence Armory whose partners developed and perfected the “American System” of manufacturing which for the first time in history, was a method of manufacturing interchangeable parts in a repeatable fashion while assuring quality throughout the process.
From the building’s exterior brick façade to it’s location alongside a branch of the Connecticut River whose waters turned a mill wheel which powered the overhead pulley system and as a result, the machine tool equipment inside the plant, the American Precision Museum is the historical marker of US manufacturing. The museum provides a learning experience that compels visitors to imagine how the examples of yesterday’s technology can guide us into the future of manufacturing technology. AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology is proud to be a corporate partner of the American Precision Museum and we encourage our members and the public in general to visit the museum.
Greg Jones, AMT - The Association for Manufacturing Technology
"Gracious, informative, and enjoyable.... We were last at the museum over 20 years ago when it was already impressive to manufacturing history fans like us, but you have made it relevant to a far broader, younger, and diversified audience."
Jeff T, June 2021
"I took my class here 'virtually' on a field trip. It was so cool to share the birth of modern manufacturing with my students. It's a fascinating place for anyone interested in making things."
Google Review, Feb 21
"The American Precision Museum is not (just) for Gear-Heads. ...I'm not a machinist, but wish every family could visit this, one of the few demonstrations of the underpinnings of the prosperity manufacturing created."
TripAdvisor, March 2020
"Thoroughly enjoyable and informative; I also appreciated how warmly children were received. Thank you!"
September 2, 2020
"Celebrations of inventions and past accomplishments, elements of generations of smart and determined people should serve as a reminder of the current and next generations of what can be accomplished if you research and work hard."
August 4, 2020
"A very unique museum that was very thought provoking. We enjoyed our time here. Thank you!"
July 3, 2020
"This place is amazing! STEM education is here to stay! Bringing ideas back to our Tech-Engineering and Math Classrooms!"
Paul & Betsy | Holden, MA
"Very educational and informative! I learned quite a bit about the history and processes of machining and manufacturing of products that helped shape America."
Frank | Charlotte, NC
"Engineering, history, economy. Real people stories, fun shopping… all in one place! Amazing! Thank you!"
Richard | Ontario, Canada
"My Dad worked at Cone Automatic for 42 years. I now have a better idea about what Precision Valley has meant to the history of machine manufacturing…wonderful display."
Tom | Spofford, NH