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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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Fun Museum with A LOT of History

This museum has an overwhelming inventory of banjos, both from famous musicians and one-of-a-kind designed banjos. I'm always looking for fun museums to visit and this was on the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Lenexa, Kansas
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Lenexa, Kansas
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11 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This museum has an overwhelming inventory of banjos, both from famous musicians and one-of-a-kind designed banjos. I'm always looking for fun museums to visit and this was on the top of my list when we visited OKC. I would definitely recommend this museum to any music enthusiast!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Lots of old and magnificent tenor banjos and a few five string banjos too. Exhibits, video, and interactives. In Bricktown, the City's entertainment district.

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Columbus, Ohio
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24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 257 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Could have spent hours here if time allowed. They have an outstanding collection of banjos from the earliest known banjos to present day. My only regret is that even though there were several videos of different artists, there was no live demonstrations.

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Lancaster, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is a tiny place just outside Bricktown, but once you step inside, you're taken to a totally different world. It's fascinating and really well presented.

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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Well displayed four and five stringed banjos displayed with a complete history of the banjo from its beginning to present. Nice displays. Would return

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

If you like banjos, don't miss this exhibit. Nearly 300 pristine examples of some of the most beautiful and magnificently crafted banjos you will ever see. Well worth the price of admission. See the banjos owned by some of the best known banjo players in American history (such as Earl Scruggs). The vast majority of the banjos on exhibit are... More 

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Shawnee, Oklahoma
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

neat history. catchy music you can dance too. lots of old handmade instruments. they make it free to go in december. that makes it a great deal

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Rockford, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Tracing the history of the Banjo, this museum is filled with some of the most unique and ornate instruments one would ever find. It's a Banjo player's dream and even if you've never played you'll be amazed at what beautiful workmanship and artistry can be found in the often derided instrument of the 'common people'.

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Peculiar, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

So interesting even if you don't like music, this is a must visit. Staff was very interactive which makes the visit even more interesting.

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Kansas City
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

This museum is unique and delightful. We love museums that provide a historical and esthetic perspective. This didn't disappoint. A great way to spend an hour learning about the roll banjo has played in American Music! We loved it!

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