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Johnson Victrola Museum

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Address: Bank and New St, Dover, DE
Phone Number: 302-739-4266
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Wed - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Description: Named in honor of local inventor E.R. Johnson, this museum explores the...
Named in honor of local inventor E.R. Johnson, this museum explores the sound recording industry from its beginnings and includes displays of early talking machines, records and other relics from the 1890s to 1929.
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We visited this museum while visiting the Dover capital area. Well worth the hour or so we spent, but you could spend more or less time depending on your level of interest in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We visited this museum while visiting the Dover capital area. Well worth the hour or so we spent, but you could spend more or less time depending on your level of interest in the details. We received a very interesting guided tour by one of the guides who was very knowledgeable and made the tour fun. The collection is impressive... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Have never seen so many victrol as in one place. Great tour by a knowledgeable tour guide. The downstairs gives you the history of the victrol a and it's inventor. Many interesting pieces of information. The upstairs is filled with victrolas. Worth taking school aged children.

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Wethersfield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I really appreciated the detailed history/examples of the victrola and its advertising dog. We were able to ask to hear any record in the collection on a real victrola ... just like it was in the early 1900s.

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Nahariya, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This is a piece of art. The story of Victor and the invention, development and manufacturing the machine that played a78 vinyl record. You even get a live demonstration of the music playing by the old machine, as well as photo with Nipper the dog from the "HIS Master's voice "....the explanations by the volunteers are top notch and well... More 

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Felton, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

What a great collection of some of the first record players. Children and young adults may not appreciate this museum, but those of us old enough to remember vinyl records definitely will!

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Kfar Vradim, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

This is a real gem . The history Victronia machine. The invention, development and production of 78 vinyl players. The history of "His Master Voice" and Nipper the dog. Magnificent. The museum's volunteer explanations and demonstrations were outstanding. By the way, free admission .

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Dover, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This museum is the original Victrola Museum. The one with the dogs face. It is not only for victrolas but a lot of other original antigues. Don't miss it

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I checked trip advisor for things to do in Dover and the Johnson Victorola museum got high marks. I agree it was awesome ! We had two guides, one for the first floor and one for the second. The guides really knew their subject. In light of today's technological era one is able to reflect on how far we've come!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

In short, this museum is incredible. Feel free to joke about the idea of spending time in a "Victrola Museum" — you'd be missing out on one of the coolest museums I've ever been to. My wife and I stopped by close to closing time on a Saturday afternoon and were given a personal hour-long guided tour. (Our tour guide... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Lots of interesting memorabilia related to history of record players. Underappreciated museum that documents high points of recording industry.

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