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Johnson Victrola Museum

Closes in 28 min: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Open today: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Unexpected pleasure

Having never been to Dover we didn't know this place was even there, but we sure are glad we found... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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What a treat

The first time I heard about this type of museum. The collection both down stairs and upstairs are... read more

Reviewed 15 December 2018
Prawet J
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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: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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375 S New St, Dover, DE 19901
+1 302-739-3262
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having never been to Dover we didn't know this place was even there, but we sure are glad we found it! Amazing display of history of sound and recording. Very helpful and interesting staff who showed us around and explained what we were seeing. Wonderful...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 18 December 2018

Having lived in the Dover area for over 35 years, it seemed to be time to finally stop by this museum! I'm glad we did! Very impressive collection of old phonograph players, from wax cylinders through the more modern era. Plus more versions of Nipper,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 15 December 2018

The first time I heard about this type of museum. The collection both down stairs and upstairs are excellent and all the items are in good shape. As an owner of one, I even got a connection to fix my good old Vitrola. The second...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Prawet J
Reviewed 23 November 2018 via mobile

Do not recommend. Substandard and junky. Not interactive. Tour guy just kept saying no touching. Did not know his history. There was a sewage smell. A woman tour guide was boring and kept snapping at the kids. Not a kid friendly place. When passing through...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank gabrielconnaghan
Reviewed 6 November 2018

Very poor place to visit. Tour guides were not knowledgeable and one of the guides was argumentative with my husband who is an Historian. Do not recommend. It is also not handicap accessible for those who want to visit the 2nd floor..

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 2 November 2018 via mobile

We have been interested in coming here for a few years. We finally came and were very pleasantly surprised!!! Susan gave us a great tour. There are essentially 2 separate museums here, and both were so entertaining. I highly recommend this museum for anyone to...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Lewesdoc
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

The Johnson Victrola Museum is a gem to be found and visited. Super interesting display and fantastic docents, who will lead you on a great guided, personal tour. A big thanks to Gavin who was our guide the day we visited. He was super knowledgeable,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DirriglFamily
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Interesting to walks back in time to see the first record players, knowing how much music has evolved. The machines are beautiful and works of art. I would love to own one.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Robin C
Reviewed 15 September 2018 via mobile

Unique museum of the history of the Victrola. Expansive collection with an excellent docent. The museum is free.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank AndrewComens
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

It is hard to believe how much is in this museum. There is a large selection of Victrola machines and so much information.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Virginia V
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20 August 2017|
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Response from WoodytheHawk | Reviewed this property |
Hours Wed - Sat 9A - 4:30 PM, Open Wed - Sat., Closed Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year. We were on a tour with a group we were there for several hours
Beth J
11 April 2015|
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Response from jrepok | Reviewed this property |
Check the website!
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.