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Johnson Victrola Museum

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Address: 375 S New St, Dover, DE 19901
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(302) 739-3262
09:00 - 16:30
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Wed - Sat 09:00 - 16:30

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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Interesting for the Music Lover

A great little place with a variety of victrolas. We got there kind of late, but were taken on the tour to get all the information on the inventions and history. Really... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A great little place with a variety of victrolas. We got there kind of late, but were taken on the tour to get all the information on the inventions and history. Really interesting, cool to hear the old pieces played, and got a first hand look at what it means to "put a sock in it". And you got to... More 

Thank swearengen
Dover, Delaware
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4 reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This little gem of a museum is well appointed and curators are very knowledgeable and friendly. Worth the two hours or attend a special seminar.

Thank bgoliv
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

A brick building in Dover Delaware announcing the Johnson Victrola Museum we entered and immediately you are at the dawn of the very beginning of the recording industry. The various machines are on display with the advertised prices along with the dates that they were available for purchase. A demonstration of the sound quality of various machines and performers was... More 

Thank WoodytheHawk
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I walked in the door, there in front of me stood the same Victrola that sits in my living room from the early 1900's! There's a ton of fascinating Info about how the talking machines all started and progressed. The people who run the place have enormous amounts of Info that they will share. At first I wasn't sure... More 

Thank SearchingForTruth17
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 914 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Two floors of endless joy: from the first attempts at “talking machines” to the latest and finest music machines, complete with gold leaves doors and hand-painted beauties. The collection of Eldridge Johnson, the original wonder man behind the Victor Company, augmented by the collection of a Dr. Heiges, avid collector of music playing beauties, and further enhanced by the presentation... More 

Thank Oliver S
Pompano Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 March 2017

While traveling through Dover, we came upon a sign for the Johnson Victrola Museum and decided to make a quick stop. Valerie was a welcoming, knowledgeable and very engaging volunteer who took time to share a wealth of information about the three people who proved instrumental in the invention and developments of what became the stereo. This two-story hideaway is... More 

Thank burkegarden
Orlando, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

This place is fantastic! I have never seen so many machines and records all in one collection. There are thousands of 78 RPM recordings, and 2 floors of musical machines. See the Auxetophone (1 of 14 still in existence), Graphophone, Gramophone,and Radiola Electrola - from table top machines to luxurious floor models selling for $1500 in the 1920s Learn the... More 

Thank Robojoe
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 350 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Although small, this museum contained fascinating and historical displays. Downstairs exhibits included the earliest models and shellac records. Docents were very informative and took their time to answer our questions fully. Upstairs was a display of many collectibles of the Victrola dog, Nipper. There was also an exhibit of decorated horns and beautifully painted cabinets. This is an amazing story... More 

Thank Melodycthomas
Dover, Delaware
1 review
Reviewed 1 November 2016

Curator was very knowledgeable. Enjoyed seeing numerous machines. Displays are interesting. Will visit again.

Thank r0hai
East Freetown, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

I thought that the must-see ratings from everyone were BS but this place is, no joke, one of the best places I've ever visited. I had a 1-1 tour and my tour guide was wonderful and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this museum to everyone!

Thank jeanalyon

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