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  • Going to New England air museum. Thinks to do?

    Going this weekend with my wife. Can anybody recommend other tech related museums or other attractions in the area?

    Thanks, Sid.

    Dang. Flubbed the title. Things to do!

  • #2
    I saw a segment on PBS last week about a museum in Stow, MA, which looks to be less than 2 hours away from the New England museum. It was billed as sort of an 'anti-war war museum'. The restorations looked to be top-notch (from what I could tell) and everything they showed was said to be fully operational. For a hefty donation, you can drive one of several tanks.
    https://www.americanheritagemuseum.org/exhibits/
    Location: North Central Texas

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Joel View Post
      I saw a segment on PBS last week about a museum in Stow, MA, which looks to be less than 2 hours away from the New England museum. It was billed as sort of an 'anti-war war museum'. The restorations looked to be top-notch (from what I could tell) and everything they showed was said to be fully operational. For a hefty donation, you can drive one of several tanks.
      https://www.americanheritagemuseum.org/exhibits/
      Interesting. It looks to be part of the Collings foundation.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by sid pileski View Post

        Interesting. It looks to be part of the Collings foundation.
        Indeed it is ...

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        • #5
          One idea - probably 50 minutes east of Stow, Mass in Waltham: Charles River Museum of Industry

          https://www.charlesrivermuseum.org/

          However, only outdoor exhibits are currently available (covid restrictions, I guess?)

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          • #6
            New England air museum is in Windsor CT iirc, about 1/2 way between Boston and Albany on the mass/ct border

            there is an industrial precision museum in Vermont that may not be far

            uss constitution in boston
            uss Quincy in Quincy mass (just outside of Boston)
            uss massachusetts in Fall River mass
            mystic Seaport in mystic CT
            does new London navy base still give tours? Maybe the nautilus?

            frank

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            • #7
              The museum in Stowe is indeed part of the Collings foundation, in fact the Senior Mr. Collings and his wife live on the property. If you can get by there it is an impressive collection and very interesting. If you happen to be around the following weekend, they have a big event happening that is really amazing if you have any interest at all in such stuff.

              The Charles River museum that was mentioned is not huge but has plenty of stuff machinist types will find interesting. Not sure about the current covid rules they are following as of right now.

              If you care to make the trip in near Boston, the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum is a great one, particularly if you like huge old steam engines and generally larger than life stuff:

              https://waterworksmuseum.org/

              They have recently reopened post Covid, so I think they are on their regular schedule of events and hours.

              Further north in Lowell, MA, there are a number of interesting things to see centered around water power, and the textile industry. Lots of cool machinery and such to see, running line-shaft driven looms and the like. The Boot cotton mills museum:
              https://www.nps.gov/lowe/planyourvis...lls-museum.htm

              Small satellite Street car museum, also in Lowell:
              https://trolleymuseum.org/national-s...museum-lowell/

              Another cool place is the Saugus iron works:

              https://www.nps.gov/sair/index.htm

              Probably closest to where you will be in CT, the Springfield Armory Museum is not to be missed:

              https://www.nps.gov/spar/index.htm

              And a bit north of there at the site of the old Greenfield tap & die factory is the Museum of Our Industrial Heritage:

              https://industrialhistory.org/

              Again, check on COVID status for all of these places, the rules here have changed only recently.

              Take lots of pictures!



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              • #8
                Thanks all!
                I’ve been to the American precision museum a couple of times when my daughter was going to school in Vermont.
                Nice looking little museum.

                Sid

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                • #9
                  Springfield Armory

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                  • #10
                    I might try to make the Boston water works!

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                    • #11
                      The Vintage Radio and Communications Museum is in Windsor CT, maybe 15-20 min from the NE Air Museum. www.vrcmct.org. Looks like there will be a swap meet this weekend (Saturday). My house is in the middle, and I have 14,000lb of block and 16,000 of stone to move this weekend if you want some exercise :-)
                      Chris

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                      • #12
                        Bear's Barbeque on Rt 75, south of the airport is a good place for lunch or dinner, if BBQ is your thing. Dairy Cream, also on Rt 75 but north of the airport is also good on a nice summer afternoon, outside picnic tables.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by gmax137 View Post
                          Bear's Barbeque on Rt 75, south of the airport is a good place for lunch or dinner, if BBQ is your thing. Dairy Cream, also on Rt 75 but north of the airport is also good on a nice summer afternoon, outside picnic tables.
                          Who doesn’t like a good BBQ??
                          How are the ribs, assuming they have them?

                          The vintage radio museum also sounds interesting.

                          Sid

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                          • #14
                            Old Newgate Prison is just a few mile west of the airport.
                            https://portal.ct.gov/DECD/Content/H...nd-Copper-Mine

                            CT Trolley Museum across the river in East Windsor.
                            https://www.ct-trolley.org/

                            Also Dapra is close by in Bloomfield.
                            Rumor has it if you get there at the right minute of the right hour during the right day of week
                            they'll give you a free Biax scraper but no one knows when it is.
                            Last edited by QSIMDO; 06-11-2021, 12:33 PM.
                            Len

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by sid pileski View Post

                              How are the ribs, assuming they have them?
                              I liked the pulled pork when I lived nearby. But I always saw a lot of people scarfing the ribs down, so they must be pretty good.

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