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Johnson Victrola Museum

375 S New St, Dover, DE 19901
(302) 739-3262
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Johnson Victrola Museum

I am not a museum person, and I usually steer clear of them. Having said that, I like history of... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Really interesting

I was here on visit a few years ago. A great visit with lots of interesting stuff and trivia to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Carmel, New York
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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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Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:30
375 S New St, Dover, DE 19901
(302) 739-3262
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I am not a museum person, and I usually steer clear of them. Having said that, I like history of all kinds; it's mainly that I don't have the patience to go through and read all the details and placards. So when my husband and...More

Thank MizCharli
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was here on visit a few years ago. A great visit with lots of interesting stuff and trivia to learn. I highly recommend it.

Thank JBourne4
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Thank swearengen
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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...More

Thank WoodytheHawk
Reviewed 12 May 2017

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...More

Thank SearchingForTruth17
Reviewed 28 April 2017

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...More

Thank Oliver S
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...More

Thank burkegarden
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...More

Thank Robojoe
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...More

Thank Melodycthomas
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Beth J
Are tours scheduled or available all day?
11 April 2015|
Response from jrepok | Reviewed this property |
Check the website!
Harry S
Is the museum open on Friday?
1 January 2015|
Response from mrpoetryman | Reviewed this property |
Yes, Harry, the museum is open between 9:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. Wednesday through Saturday. It is an amazing place. I hope that you enjoy it.