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Johnson Victrola Museum

Address: Bank and New St, Dover, DE
Phone Number: 302-739-4266
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Ranked #2 of 19 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...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Wed - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
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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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
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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59 reviews 59 reviews
55 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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193 reviews 193 reviews
84 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
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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55 reviews 55 reviews
27 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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48 reviews 48 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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98 reviews 98 reviews
42 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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