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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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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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Extremely interesting and educational tour. Lots of antiques to see and learn about. If you love music and the history of Victrolas then you'll love visiting.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Dover, Delaware
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Dover, Delaware
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Extremely interesting and educational tour. Lots of antiques to see and learn about. If you love music and the history of Victrolas then you'll love visiting.

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Dover, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff full time and volunteers are very knowledgeable. They are more than happy to give you a quick tour. I have been there twice and each time I had a personal tour. I have never seen more than three there at a time. The times that they are open are very limited to ensure you check times and days... More 

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Thank Lily M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

This is quite an interesting collection and history lesson for all ages! And it's a dedicated group of volunteers that man the facility.

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Richmond
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016

This is a great collection of Victrolas, early "entertainment centers" with record players and radios, etc. The guides took their time and are obviously very enthusiastic about the collection. I appreciated the fact that they could demonstrate a number of the machines, too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Hidden in Dover, this little donation-run museum has some amazing pieces of history and a beautiful collection! Definitely worth a trip!

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Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

many people have told me about this place and never went. Had out of towners come and we deceided to go. Its very interesting a lot of your grandmothers stuff

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Maple Valley, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We take the sound of music for granted... It's amazing where it began and how it evolved. I loved this museum. We got a tour of the lower floor and the upper floor and all of it was impressive. I guess one of the things that really stood out was the fact that Johnson was told he wasn't smart enough... More 

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Alexandria Bay, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016 via mobile

This is a cool museum and one that should not be missed. Got there late in the day and we're taken on a personal tour by one of the guides. He was so knowledgeable and willing to share his knowledge with us! This describes an iconic thing of American Culture and is done with excellent displays and the guide brought... More 

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Ocala, FL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

While in the Dover area I stopped by this museum and I'm sure glad I did. This small building houses an excellent collection. The collection allows guests to see the various styles of cabinets (from simple to very elegant) as well as the various types of wood that was utilized for the cabinets. The FREE, guided tour provides much insight... More 

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Davenport, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

We had a personal tour of this museum. The young man giving the tour was very interesting and had a lot of knowledge of the victrola, and the area. We got to listen to several victrola's play vintage music. We would recommend this museum.

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