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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:
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  • In this Time of Covid, you can only view the downstairs. You are limited to about 30 minutes for viewing and listening to the person talk about the place. The self guided tour ends with a sample...  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our visit, although it was short. Unfortunately, with the COVID, we were only allowed 30 minutes to take a self-guided tour. The employees were very friendly and answered all of....  more »
  • This place was incredible. They have all kinds of pieces. It's free. But best of all was the tour guide. His knowledge and obvious zeal for his job made the whole place fascinating. We learned lots and enjoyed our conversation with Mr. Steven. For the record, we have a 13 and 11 year old who also loved it!
  • For those who think that there’s nothing to do in Delaware, this place is a wonderful gem— especially if you like music or history. I stumbled upon this museum while strolling around downtown Dover. It has two floors and chronicles the history and innovation of the Victrola record player. Oh, and by the way, admission is free! Donations are optional.

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