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.With our custom trip planner, Dover attractions like Johnson Victrola Museum can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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.
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.
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Johnson Victrola Museum reviews
I loved this museum. If you love music, you will too. A fascinating walk back in time to when music was first captured, recorded and released into people's homes using these strange machines. You...
I loved this museum. If you love music, you will too. A fascinating walk back in time to when music was first captured, recorded and released into people's homes using these strange machines. You... more »
The Victrola history is much more interesting than I realized! And this museum has an outstanding collection of Victrolas and other related artifacts. For most of my visit, I was the only guest in...
The Victrola history is much more interesting than I realized! And this museum has an outstanding collection of Victrolas and other related artifacts. For most of my visit, I was the only guest in... more »
This museum is fantastic. For anyone who loves recorded music (that's basically everyone), this is a must. It basically traces the history of recording equipment, with beautiful pieces from the 1800's on. It's 2 story, the displays are amazing, the staff is friendly and knowledgable, and to top it off, it's free!!
This is a hidden gem! Steve was a fantastic tour guide. He was very accommodating to our short time frame and provided us with so much information and fun facts! A must see if you are in the area, it’s free, and close to the capitol building.
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