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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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Description: A National Treasure in downtown Oklahoma City. The American Banjo Museum...
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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It's a nice place to visit. An amazing amount of fiddles. Check it out if that you deal. We were there when the Mumford and Sons played at the park. We enjoyed looking at thier... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

It's a nice place to visit. An amazing amount of fiddles. Check it out if that you deal. We were there when the Mumford and Sons played at the park. We enjoyed looking at thier displays.

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Burleson, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

The tour gives the history of the banjo at the start. Then there are banjos on display from all eras. The beauty of the banjos was amazing. We recommend this museum.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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201 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

Even for those not interested in banjo music or the banjo, this museum is must. It is a brief introduction to the history of the banjo. The 8 minute introductory video (which I rarely watch at other museums) is informative and worthwhile. The array of banjos is startling and beautiful. Who knew? Go see for yourself.

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Ulverston
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68 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This is a specialist museum accessible to those who are not banjo experts. It was really good. The explanations of the history of banjos are clear and concise.The range of banjos is amazing.

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OKC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This one's a real surprise, unless you you happen to be a banjo lover. Why bother to stop in? You'll be amazed at the array of musical history presented, and the fantastic array of banjo displayed exceptionally well. The craftsmanship of these instruments is easy to enjoy (even if you are not so fond of their music). For anyone who... More 

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Rock Springs, WY
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92 reviews 92 reviews
49 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

As an acoustic musician, I very much wanted to visit this museum and I am so glad that I did. It has a fine brief film about the history of the banjo. It has a five million dollar collection of banjos, from the mid 19th century to the present day. It informs the visitor about the great influential banjo-players such... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

What a great place, and so many beautiful banjos to see. They were spectacular and some worth more then you could imagine. A definite jaw dropper and worth seeing!

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Mobile, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 via mobile

Wow, what a beautiful place to see, especially upstairs! The banjos are displayed in a manner that screams beauty. The staff was very very friendly and I enjoyed this museum tremendously. Visit, go eat nearby, do the riverwalk in Bricktown and enjoy!

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Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

I don't play the banjo but did enjoy the Museum. Very interesting seeing the over 350 banjos displayed. Various artists are showcased as well as their banjos.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

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 

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