American Banjo Museum

American Banjo Museum, Oklahoma City: Hours, Address, American Banjo Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

American Banjo Museum
4.5
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Eric
Dallas, TX1 contribution
Solid Museum
Jun 2021 • Family
Solid place! Good ambience and lots about the history of the banjo. It’s also got some nice restaurants around so it’s good to go before/after eating.
Written June 25, 2021
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blyth64062
Lawson, MO17 contributions
This place ain't for everyone, but it should be
Jun 2021
You don't have to be a banjo player to enjoy this place.
It not only covers the history of the banjo in detail, visitors can see banjos as amazing works of art
The greatest banjo players are represented in the museum
Written June 24, 2021
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Teammilitello
Des Moines, IA576 contributions
Best museum visit of our week
Mar 2021 • Family
We explored twelve spots this week in OKC, but my husband & I loved this museum the most. Great videos, incredible pieces of art on each banjo, and friendly staff. If you love all-things-Americana, you’ve got to stop here.
Written March 17, 2021
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krogersku
Johnston, IA486 contributions
Surprisingly Good
Dec 2020
Stopped here while traveling across Oklahoma on Route 66. If you are doing this make sure you get an Oklahoma Route 66 travel passport and get your passport stamped. We really enjoyed this museum. The artwork on the banjos is beautiful. Took about an hour to go through the museum which is located in the Bricktown area of OKC. Short walk to the Bricktown water taxi and Chickasaw Stadium. Really nice stop and definitely worth a visit.
Written December 9, 2020
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Rambling RV Rat
39 contributions
What a wonderful find in Oklahoma City on an unplanned trip thru OKC!
Oct 2020 • Couples
Amazing collection of banjos, and I was so excited that it included some from my mom's ancestor! Great history lesson on the roots and progression of the instrument and music. The detailed inlaid and carvings on some of these instruments make them true works of art. Pre-Covid, banjo players would come to the museum to play for patrons in a small, intimate setting (how I wish for those days).
Written October 17, 2020
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Jane S
Olympia, WA361 contributions
Unexpectedly awesome
Mar 2020 • Friends
An extensive collection of banjos but what most interested me was the history of banjo music - from minstrel to vaudeville to folk to jazz to.... And you MUST visit on the first Wednesday of the month for a free banjo concert from 12-1pm. Bring your bag lunch. It is NOT to be missed
Written March 4, 2020
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Kevin B
Belleville, Canada117 contributions
Amazing spot to learn about Banjos
Feb 2020
I stopped by here last week and I was surprised at the number of banjos they had there, a person can learn a lot here. They even have a learning lounge where people can play a couple different ones. I will certainly go back and spend more time.
Written February 25, 2020
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taistealai
Milwaukee, WI19 contributions
Highlight of my trip
Nov 2019
I like bluegrass music so when I found myself in Oklahoma City with a free afternoon I had to check out this museum. I spent a few hours there and it became the highlight of my trip. Two floors packed with more designs and styles of banjos than I knew existed! There was an excellent historical exhibit and it was fascinating to learn about the different styles of music that use the banjo. I loved the space upstairs with live music, and I spent quite a while there listening to and talking with the musician. And the staff was absolutely fantastic! I would eagerly come back for another visit the next time I visit Oklahoma City.
Written December 14, 2019
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hungrygal53
37 contributions
Didn't know there was so much to know about the banjo!
Nov 2019
Very friendly staff. Lots and lots of banjos. Great history information. Take your time and enjoy! Before you leave, try your hand at playing a banjo.
Written November 11, 2019
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Edward L
Little River, SC406 contributions
OKC conference
Oct 2019
on my last day I had time to waste before my flight later that day. This was near the Holiday Inn Express so I stopped here to check out. I enjoyed seeing how the banjo came to be and all the old and new versions of banjo's. I especially enjoyed the JIm Henson display and Kermit the frog with the banjo on his lap. I hope in the future Steve Martin will give your museum one of his banjo's for display. Keep up the good work, and those of you reading this review, please check them out. It has a great history of the development of the Banjo.
Written October 29, 2019
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American Banjo Museum is open:
  • Sun - Sun 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Tue - Sat 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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