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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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Great find!

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

We were interested in this museum because a relative used to make the cabinets for these Victrolas and we have small one at home. The guide told us a lot about Mr. Johnson and the history of Victrola. The carvings and woodworking of the cabinets are beautiful and the horns are amazing. The second floor holds 2 private collections of... More 

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

What a gem this place is. Our tour guide was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable and was able to answer every question, He even knew how old nipper was and the cost of the Victrolas when they were new, the museum is free and great for music,history and electronic buffs.

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Aurora, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2016

This is a cute little museum. The volunteers gave me a lot of information in a short period of time. They even played a few records for me on the victrola's. I wish I could have spent more time touring the facility. It is completely worth checking out. They run on donations and I was more than happy to be... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016 via mobile

I had a private tour of the museum on a slow day. Bridget was very knowledgeable and very nice. I got to hear an actual Victor victrola play an actual Victor produced record! The machines are beautifully kept and listening to the history of their creation was both informative and fun. A must see.

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