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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
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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 Recent Visit to the Johnson Victrola Museum

The guided tour of the museum was excellent. Can hear original recordings on various victrolas. Tour guide was very friendly and able to answer random questions well.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Robert M
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Bowie, Maryland
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Bowie, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The guided tour of the museum was excellent. Can hear original recordings on various victrolas. Tour guide was very friendly and able to answer random questions well.

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Thank Robert M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

This small museum was not in my original plans while visiting Dover - however it became the highlight of my trip! Lovers of history or antiques - this is a must see!

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Thank Calguy64
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015 via mobile

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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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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1 Thank AnnC576
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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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