We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

American Banjo Museum

9 East Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
405-604-2793
Website
Improve this listing
93%
Ranked #14 of 50 Attractions in Oklahoma City
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: A National Treasure in downtown Oklahoma City. The American Banjo Museum contains over 300 banjos...
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: A National Treasure in downtown Oklahoma City. The American Banjo Museum contains over 300 banjos on display and is the only museum of its type dedicated to preserving and promoting the music and heritage of America's native musical instrument - the banjo. An interpretive exhibit tells the evolution of the banjo from its humble roots in American slavery, to bluegrass, to folk and world music.

Hotels near American Banjo Museum

Write a Review

50 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    25
    22
    3
    0
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Kansas City, Missouri
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

This small museum is a perfect activity for a couple of hours. The history of the banjo is so interesting - paralleling important events in American history from slavery to 60s protests. Listening to music throughout the space brings back memories - the collection of banjos is amazing. I learned a lot about this instrument and it was very interesting.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
202 reviews 202 reviews
65 attraction reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

It's always great to see people so passionate about music and the guides love of all things banjo was clearly evident. You kind of need to know a bit about banjos as there are 270 or so on display but the way they are presented in eras is intuitive and easy to follow the transition from 1800s to current day.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This museum was a unique experience while on our stay in OKC. One of our group is heavily into Banjo music, and whilst the rest of us were far less inclined, we all came away having enjoyed the experience. Entrance was $6pp, and felt very reasonable. I would echo other reviews that describe the modern clean and well presented nature... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
9 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

My husband is a musician, so this was on our to-do list. Luckily, it was a short walk from our Bricktown hotel and we had the museum to ourselves! The gentleman selling tickets was also playing the banjo, so he treated us to a little live music. So nice! We especially liked seeing the $250,000 banjo and the very old... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

I had limited time to site see in OK City and happened to be staying in the Bricktown district. I am so glad that I stopped at the Banjo Museum. I have always appreciated the instrument and skill required to play it. But never did I know the history of the banjo nor noticed its beauty until visiting here. There... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Greensboro, Georgia
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
23 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

OK, I wanted to add to my Bricktown review--it even has a canal system like the Riverwalk area of San Antonio, TX. So lovely & relaxing. The American Banjo Museum is in one of the old warehouses at ground level. I only wish this museum had been open at the time I visited OKC--it was one of the reasons I... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Dallas, Texas, United States
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

If you like banjos and banjo music, you will be in heaven. If not, it will be the other place.. The museum is only a couple of years old, very clean, modern, well lit, and well-documented. If it has anything to do with a banjo, you will find it here. There are numerous shrines to various banjo performers and folk... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Haskell, New Jersey
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
40 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I always enjoy banjo music so visiting a museum about banjos was awesome. Starts with a brief presentation on the history of banjos and then you walk the exhibits. Even a Banjo Hall of Fame. Enjoyed the current exhibit about the Kingston Trio. Learned a lot about this group that I did not know before. Overall, just a fun museum... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
45 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

When you first walk into the museum, you are introduced to the history of the banjo via an 8 minute presentation. It starts with the above grandfather and child having a conversation about the boy learning how to play the banjo. (Interesting fact, they were fashioned after the Henry O. Tanner painting "The Banjo Lesson".) From there you listen about... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Oklahoma
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

What a unique museum! I visited by myself and took my time walking thru the exhibits and listening to some music. This place is so clean and packed with an amazing collection of banjoes. Don't miss the videos-they offer some really interesting entertainment. This is a must-see when you visit Bricktown.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed American Banjo Museum also viewed

 

Been to American Banjo Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from American Banjo Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?