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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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Incredible museum for music and history lovers

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

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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Easton, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The Johnson Victrola Museum is a very interesting place to learn about the development of the early recording industry. Although, not as high-tech as the digital sound we have today, it was amazing to see and hear the quality of the Victrolas in the museum. In their day, they not only were used for entertainment, but as pieces of fine... More 

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Poulsbo, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I love finding places that a unique and one of a kind. This was one of them and it was great to learn about how the Victrola came about and seeing all of the displays.

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New City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The Eldridge Johnson Victrola Museum is a museum dedicated to the man who invented the Victrola. When you enter the Museum, the first floor has displays of early Victrola's and information about the history of Eldridge Johnson. He was the founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company, which patented the Victrola. Their were collections of records that the guide could... More 

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Poplar Bluff, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

We enjoyed hearing the old records. Wish we could see how they cut a record out of recording in the big horns. On our walk back we passed the #1 restaurant on trip advisor Frankfort. We didn't know at the time or we would have stopped.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

A definite Must See!! An amazing collection from an amazing man. Knowledgeable guide made history come alive

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Liverpool, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

A great little museum filled with musical history. Tour guide was very informative and displays were terrific. Listening to the music on the old Victrola's was fun. The variety of machines was nice to see.

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Tucson, AZ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The little museum is fun and filled with marvelous items of talking machine history. The docent was excellent. She guided us through the museum with lots of information and fun. She played a few victrolas to demonstrate development of the music players. We enjoyed the story of Eldridge Johnson, the founder of the Victor Talking Machine, to whom the museum... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014 via mobile

If you're visiting Dover and have a couple of hours to spare, you have to visit this museum. My wife and I had a wonderful time. Our tour guides Laura and Gavin couldn't have been nicer accommodating.

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