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Johnson Victrola Museum

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Address: Bank and New St, Dover, DE
Phone Number: +1 302-739-4266
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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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Very interesting

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 November 2016
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Dover, Delaware
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Dover, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 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 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 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 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 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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