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American Banjo Museum

9 East Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
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Ranked #13 of 50 Attractions in Oklahoma City
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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.

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London, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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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

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Atlanta, Georgia
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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

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Houston, Texas
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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

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Greensboro, Georgia
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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

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Dallas, Texas, United States
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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

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Haskell, New Jersey
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27 helpful votes 27 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

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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54 helpful votes 54 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

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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.

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Peterborough, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A pretty good museum that only takes a short time to see. The variation on these instruments is pretty neat.

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52 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

This museum strives for quality, not large scale, and it achieves it's aim. We are not banjo experts, but we enjoyed the background on the history of the instrument. No-one could fail to appreciate the artistry of the workmanship on the backs of the banjos. The music, of course, is infectious. We particularly enjoyed the temporary exhibition on the Kingston... More

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