Johnson Victrola Museum


Laid out like a 1920s music store, this museum is dedicated to the memory of Dover-born engineer Eldridge Reeves Johnson, who founded the Victor Talking Machine Company in 1901 and helped invent the Victrola. Dozens of mechanical "talking machines," from early wind-ups to prototype jukeboxes, play period recordings. Photographs document early recording techniques, with entire orchestras crowded around huge megaphones.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Mechanical
Topic(s):Sounds/Music
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:The Victor Talking Machine Company's trademark, "His Master's Voice," originally portrayed an Edison-Bell cylinder phonograph. After Edison-Bell refused to buy the painting, claiming, "Dogs don't listen to phonographs," artist Francis Berraud painted out the phonograph and painted in a Gramophone.