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Johnson Victrola Museum

Bank and New St, Dover, DE
302-739-4266
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Ranked #2 of 20 attractions in Dover
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Named in honor of local inventor E.R. Johnson, this museum explores the sound recording industry from its beginnings and includes displays of early... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Chestertown, Maryland
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75 reviews 75 reviews
29 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014 via mobile

I stopped by the museum on a rainy Saturday after reading rave reviews on this site. Wasn't really sure it would be my thing, but was surprised and delighted with my visit! If you love music and/or technology, you'll want to check out the Johnson Victrola museum. This museum is definitely more fun for adults than kids, so leave the... More

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Culpeper, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

My boyfriend and I stumbled upon this museum while exploring Dover. It was the absolute best thing we did there! It's amazing that we didn't learn more about E.R. Johnson in school! E.R. Johnson basically founded what is now the recorded music industry and had a huge effect on the USA and the world!!! The tour guide is super knowledgeable... More

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Dover, Delaware
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Tour and guide were very good. A lot of things to see. It was amazing to see what was used "back in time". I recommend visiting this museum.

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Ormond Beach
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43 reviews 43 reviews
14 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Our friends recommended we stop at the museum for a visit. The 4 of us were the only visitors and we had a great tour of the downstairs which included the Victor products and demonstrations of the talking machines by an employee. Upstairs, a very knowledgeable docent explained more machines in fancy cabinets, and we saw many replicas of the... More

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FORT COLLINS
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42 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

This gem is a few blocks from the historic section-easy walk. amazing collection of early recording devices-you will leave far more educated! In this age of high tech Ipods, Iphones, etc, this is a refreshing look back.

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Delaware
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7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

The tour guide was very good talking about the evolution of the product and slang derived from the products. Interesting information about the dog in the brand. Not divulging any more information that would take away from the tour. Limited hours, so check in advance.

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

While traveling home to North Carolina we stopped at The Johnson Victrola museum and what a pleasant surprise and experience it was. The museum tells you the story of The Victor Talking Machine company and its founder Eldridge Johnson. You learn a little about the history of recorded sound and how these early talking machines an phonographs effected so many... More

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Visiting this museum is the best choice you could make when passing through the great state of Delaware. They have an amazing variety of Victrola players and some really neat old advertising. This is a not to be missed once-in-a-lifetime museum to visit when in Dover. The guides are all extremely friendly and knowledgeable. If you have a love for... More

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Amelia, VA
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8 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

This was a nice tour and very informative. There is no charge to visit. I loved all the Nipper memorabilia!

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11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

Mr. Johnson who owned the Victrola factory in Camden NJ was a native of Dover DE. We were treated to a dosan that knew everything about the Victorola. Kept me and my grandchildren engaged for over an hour. We all loved it! Amust see on a rainy day

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