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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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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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My husband loves ALL THINGS musical. Visiting the Johnson Victrola Museum was his idea and yet I came away with a wonderful experience. Jackie, our tour guide, was informative and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

My husband loves ALL THINGS musical. Visiting the Johnson Victrola Museum was his idea and yet I came away with a wonderful experience. Jackie, our tour guide, was informative and very patient with all my questions. The victrola collection was diverse and beautifully displayed. When Jackie played several of the old records I felt transformed in time. Overall, it was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

My family and I really enjoyed our visit to the Victrola Museum. The tour guides were super friendly and informative but kept it interesting at the same time. We certainly learned a lot about Victrolas. There are so many different models to look at and they have several that they can play for you!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Loved this compact museum. Such beautiful Victrolas here, and all the history is amazing. Laura gave us a concise, informative tour--we were the only people there so it was fabulous! Please give a small donation, because this fantastic place survives on donations and grants. They need to stay open! I especially loved the display of all the victrola horns suspended... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

A lovely museum with many Victrola's. I took my son as a child and we had a great time. It is small and cozy. The history is interesting.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

We really enjoyed our visit and found the museum fascinating. Parking was plentiful and free in their parking lot, and our guide was excellent. We stayed for 50 minutes as our guide explained the displays. It was free, but we happily left a donation.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We thought we would not be interested in this but were encouraged to go by people nearby. The docent was very good and there were some beautiful and unusual Victrolas. The history of design was something we enjoyed learning and hearing 2 Victrolas playing records was a treat. It is free, donations accepted, and took less than an hour.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This museum depicts the history of record playing with displays that chronicle the history of records and record players. Visitors are able to hear records being played.

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Newark, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

I was fascinated by this place They have many old Victrolas and about 55,000 records We had a guide for each of the 2 floors and both were excellent. We learned the whole history of how the industry started by Edison progressed This is great for families or anyone alone

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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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