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“Interesting Museum about an Interesting Man and his Talking Machine”

Johnson Victrola Museum
Ranked #3 of 35 things to do in Dover
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 31 August 2014

The Eldridge Johnson Victrola Museum is a museum dedicated to the man who invented the Victrola. When you enter the Museum, the first floor has displays of early Victrola's and information about the history of Eldridge Johnson. He was the founder of the Victor Talking Machine Company, which patented the Victrola. Their were collections of records that the guide could play for you on the different Victrola's. It also included the history of the factory in Camden, New Jersey where the machines were manufactured. On the second floor of the Museum, their was an exhibit featuring Nipper, the dog used by Johnson to trademark his machines. The collection of different items featuring Nipper was extensive. If you like music, you will love this museum !

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Reviewed 3 August 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed hearing the old records. Wish we could see how they cut a record out of recording in the big horns.

On our walk back we passed the #1 restaurant on trip advisor Frankfort. We didn't know at the time or we would have stopped.

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Reviewed 6 July 2014

A definite Must See!! An amazing collection from an amazing man. Knowledgeable guide made history come alive

Thank Charles S
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Reviewed 15 May 2014

A great little museum filled with musical history. Tour guide was very informative and displays were terrific. Listening to the music on the old Victrola's was fun. The variety of machines was nice to see.

Thank Scrapbooker8398
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Reviewed 13 May 2014

The little museum is fun and filled with marvelous items of talking machine history. The docent was excellent. She guided us through the museum with lots of information and fun. She played a few victrolas to demonstrate development of the music players. We enjoyed the story of Eldridge Johnson, the founder of the Victor Talking Machine, to whom the museum is dedicated. We loved the seeing the big collection of statues of Nipper the dog who was the model for a painting titled His Master's Voice by Francis Barraud. Nipper later became the beloved logo of the RCA Victor CO.

Thank Susan_LTucson_AZ
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