The American Precision Museum combines the atmosphere of an original 19th century factory building with a world-class collection of historic machines. The 1846 armory building, the “Shaping America” exhibition and accompanying programs explore industrial history in the context of innovation, creative problem solving, and the impact of precision manufacturing on American history and culture. The museum is a National Historic Landmark and an International Mechanical Engineering Heritage Site and Collection.
The American Museum of Fly Fishing was established in 1968 in Manchester, Vermont, by a group of passionate and enthusiastic anglers who believed that the history of angling was an important part of American culture and tradition. The Museum was created to serve as an institution to research, preserve, and interpret the treasures of angling history. Visitors to the Museum can view in-house exhibits, participate in gallery programs, and make appointments to use the library or access the collections for research. The Museum’s permanent collection contains more than 1,200 rods, 1,400 reels, 20,000 flies, 60 linear feet of historic photographs and documents, and a 7,000 volume library. Some of the greatest masters are represented in the collection including rodmakers Hiram Leonard and Paul Young; reelmakers Edward and Julius Vom Hofe and Stan Bogdan; fly tyers Helen Shaw and Theodore Gordon; and artists Ogden M. Pleissner and Stanley Meltzoff.
Now celebrating its 22nd year of hosting some of the regions finest photographers in our gallery in downtown Brattleboro, the Vermont Center for Photography continues to flourish as one of the most popular gallery destinations in the region. In addition to hosting a new feature exhibition each month, VCP offers ongoing workshops, public B/W darkroom rental, professional printing & scanning services, exhibiting artist talks, as well as monthly portfolio critiques, among other regularly scheduled events.
Located within a century old granite manufacturing plant, the Vermont Granite Museum contains exhibits on the science, technology, history, and art of Vermont’s unique granite heritage. With a dozen interactive stations, including a bouldering wall, visitors can create their own artwork and experiment with processes used to make granite monuments. The Museum also is home to the Stone Arts School, a facility used to teach methods such as sandblasting, sculpting, and stonewall construction.