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American Banjo Museum

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Address: 9 East Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone Number: 405-604-2793
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   A National Treasure in downtown Oklahoma City. The American...

   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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Worth dragging our !@#$s across the US for!

People scoffed when we said we were going to Oklahoma City - pretty much to see this museum as I am a banjo freak. It was well worth it, and learnt lots. Amazing collections of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Brisbane
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

People scoffed when we said we were going to Oklahoma City - pretty much to see this museum as I am a banjo freak. It was well worth it, and learnt lots. Amazing collections of banjos. Would recommend it to anyone interested in music.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

Took my in-laws here for a visit. The collection of banjos is amazing. Great place to visit for all music lovers.

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Thank Callie C
Lander, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

Listen, the banjo is an important instrument, okay? Not a joke. It's enmeshed in the history of America, it has its own distinct genres (bluegrass, Scruggs picking, frailing) but also a place in minstrel shows, vaudeville, big band music, Gaelic music, and whatever you want to call the boundary-breaking work of artists like Bela Fleck. This is not a huge... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

They have a neat history of banjo and you get to see every kind of banjo you can think of. If you like music you will enjoy this place. It covers every genre of music.

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Thank Jherron2002
Denver
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

If you are a banjo player, or a music fan, this museum shouldn't be missed. The collection is wonderful. As fans of old time Appalachian music, we would have liked to see more of that history and era.

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Thank RunnerXC
Decorah, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015 via mobile

Stopped in to check out the banjo museum because out kids were curious. Turned out to be a fun find. Lots of great history, with some instruments being from the 1800's. Worth a stop!

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Thank Hurry72
NYC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Origins and evolution of banjos is explained through film clips and spoken explanation. Museum collection is all first class and enormously varied. Anyone interested in banjos will just love this place.

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Thank Ira E
Beaumont, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

I was pleasantly surprised by this small yet intriguing museum. I am not a banjo player yet I learned a lot about banjos and their history from this small gem of a museum. It's $6 to get in but it's well worth it. They have some amazingly beautiful banjos and a cool audiovisual to introduce you to the banjo world.

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Thank Kmosean
Calgary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015 via mobile

Even though I don't play a banjo I found the history of the banjo to be very interesting. And the displays and varieties of banjos here is breathtaking. They are works of art.

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Thank Laurel M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015 via mobile

Was very educational. Wasn't expecting too much. Would recommend if you like small, quirky unique museums.

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