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Johnson Victrola Museum, Dover

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The Johnson Victrola Museum highlights the life and career of Delaware's native son, Eldridge Reeves Johnson, who founded the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1901. Exhibits include authentic Talking Machines and Victrolas, Phonographs, Gramophones, Graphophones, 78 rpm recordings, memorabilia, trademarks, objects, and paintings. Tours focus on Mr. Johnson's successful business enterprises and chronicle the development of the sound-recording industry.

The Johnson Victrola Museum is one of five museums administered by the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, an agency of the state of Delaware.

The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs is an agency of the State of Delaware, organized as a Division within the Department of State.

Mission Statement

The Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs serves Delaware residents and visitors by identifying, preserving, and interpreting Delaware history. Our activities foster strong communities, engaged citizens, economic vitality, and a deeper understanding of Delaware's role in world history. We do this in public trust for current and future generations.

The following link provides leads to an electric calendar of all the division’s activities including JVM:

http://history.delaware.gov/exhibits/calendarofevents.shtml
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  • Went on Trip Advisor, website for museum said to make reservation as only 6 people allowed in building at once . As of March 1, no reservation was required. We were there on March 2. Anyone who did 5....  more
    Went on Trip Advisor, website for museum said to make reservation as only 6 people allowed in building at once . As of March 1, no reservation was required. We were there on March 2. Anyone who did 5....  more »
  • Based on other reviews, we decided to check out the museum with no expectations. and it turned out to be one of the best museums we've visited. Fans of history, electronics, music, records/record... 
    Based on other reviews, we decided to check out the museum with no expectations. and it turned out to be one of the best museums we've visited. Fans of history, electronics, music, records/record...  more »
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  • I loved this place! Fascinating exhibits; a visual feast of the history of the victrola and other early recording and playing technologies. The guide clearly explained the history and answered questions. A delightful, quirky experience. Highly recommend for adults and children over say, 5 or so. Entrance is free, but I gave a donation to show my appreciation.
  • Cute 2 story building quick in and out. Good parking, cost free or add a donation..You have to listen to the guide he gives you great information 👍 enjoyed a quick 20 minute visit.

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