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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
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Wed - Sat 09:00 - 16:30
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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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Hi-Tech Circa 1901

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... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Orlando, FL
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 349 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 

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Dover, Delaware
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Reviewed 1 November 2016

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

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East Freetown, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 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!

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Allentown, PA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Prior to our visit here, I would have never believed that I would have enjoyed this museum as much as I did. SO much information about the history of recorded sound! Remember the RCA records, the gramophones, and the RCA dog? All are here.....and more. We were lucky to be the only tourists when we visited, so we had a... More 

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Spokane, Washington
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6 reviews
Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

We weren't quite sure what to expect but the tour guides really brought the history to life with fascinating "behind the scenes" information facts. A must see!

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Dover, Delaware
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

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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