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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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Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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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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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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36 reviews 36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Chestertown, Maryland
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84 reviews 84 reviews
36 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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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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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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25 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 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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46 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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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