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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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9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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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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A Fascinating Small Museum

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 27, 2015
Julia P
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Dover, Delaware
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Dover, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

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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Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
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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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Dover,DE
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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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Additional Information about Johnson Victrola Museum

Address: Address: Bank and New St, Dover, DE
Phone Number: 302-739-4266
Location: United States  >  Delaware (DE)  >  Dover
Open Hours:
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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