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Johnson Victrola Museum

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Me H wrote a review Oct 2020
New Milford, Connecticut255 contributions66 helpful votes
In this Time of Covid, you can only view the downstairs. You are limited to about 30 minutes for viewing and listening to the person talk about the place. The self guided tour ends with a sample listening of a Victrola playing a record. Overall it was interesting. You need to call for a reservation ahead of time. Donations are accepted.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Judy S wrote a review Oct 2020
Pulaski, Tennessee456 contributions145 helpful votes
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, although it was short. Unfortunately, with the COVID, we were only allowed 30 minutes to take a self-guided tour. The employees were very friendly and answered all of our questions.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Jerome M wrote a review May 2020
Gary, Indiana1,440 contributions107 helpful votes
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This is a great place to see the old style stereos. I remember when we had an old record player and the RCA Victor was a popular label. The history of the phonograph is laid out for you. I like when our guide played some of the old music and comparing it to today's sounds. It is very educational for people who like music. It is a hidden gem.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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Thelma G wrote a review Feb 2020
Felton, Delaware22 contributions6 helpful votes
Having purchased a Victor Talking Machine at an auction, I wanted to visit the mueseum to learn about the company and the machines. Entered a 1920s-era store inside the museum and was greeted by a very knowledgeable lady who explained how the company got started. She demonstrated numerous talking devices using 78-rpm records; fun to listen to the old records. Also learned prices of the machines back in the day. Many of the recording artists were black, to include Fats Waller, Jelly Roll Morton, Duk Ellington, Enrico Caruso, John McCormack, Nellie Melba, Rosa Panselle and Marian Anderson. Also learned the color of the label determine the type of music that was recorded. For example, Red was Classical, Black was Popular, Green was Educational, etc. In Europe the color of the label determined the price of the record. Heard the story of Nipper, the dog who heard his master's voice, becoming one of the most famous canines in history. The museum highlights the life and achievements of Delaware's native son, Eldridge R. Johnson, founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company. The tour lasted about an hour but you were welcome to stay longer to read the information presented.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Nancy G wrote a review Feb 2020
Towson, Maryland99 contributions38 helpful votes
The museum is well thought out and and an interesting place to spend an hour, especially if you remember Victrolas. Basically it is the early history of recorded sound. There was a WWI poster which said there are victor records that can teach you to speak French correctly, in case of emergency! Very interesting all around.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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