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American Banjo Museum

9 East Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
405-604-2793
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Ranked #19 of 64 attractions in Oklahoma City
Type: Specialty Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Peterborough, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
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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Arlington
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122 reviews 122 reviews
50 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

My wife and I went to this museum because we had an hour to waste before dinner. We loved it and we were pleasantly surprised. We had no idea banjos were that ornate and had so much history. See for yourself

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

There is so much to see here. I went to the Mumford and Sons show this past year so my son and I checked it out. He liked it and there was allot to see and then later that night we had a chance to see the owner play with the bank.... The band seemed to have been the ones... More

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United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Even if you are not a banjo player, or an aficionado of Americana, I think you may like this museum. The presentation is very informative, and well done using some nice multimedia technology to make it more engaging. The beauty and artwork of some of the banjo's is just staggering, particularly for somebody who hasn't really given the banjo much... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014 via mobile

What a fun and interesting place. I went because it was a couple blocks from where I stayed. So glad though I went, I thoroughly enjoyed it!

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London, England, United Kingdom
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111 reviews 111 reviews
50 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

Came here on a Monday when it was closed so came back the next day and pleased we did. Great to learn the history of the banjo, both in society usage and evolution of the instrument. Constant banjo music was enjoyable and the museum gave me a better feeling toward the Banjo. At the time there was a temporary exhibition... More

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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

I went here when I was first exploring the city. I love music and my dad used to play the banjo when I was a kid. I had a blast! I learned a lot about banjos too. Kind of random really, but I had a really good time. There was also an artist playing his banjo on the 2nd floor... More

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2013

This museum has Banjos from 1800's to present. There is a movie clip on the history of Banjos and their significance and numerous Banjos to see. My husband is not musically inclined rated this place excellent too.

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Chesham, Bucks, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

Read about this place on www.roadsideamerica.com - and knew we had to see it - just for it's quirkiness.... Arrived 40 mins before they closed - but they graciously let us in - just hubby and I - and we promised them we would not be long. You could spend ages looking at the exhibits .... who knew that banjos... More

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