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American Banjo Museum

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Address: 9 E Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104-2424
Phone Number: 14056042793
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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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American music history gem

Impressive display of every kind and style of banjo ever made. The artistry of these instruments is worth a visit, even if you are not a fan of banjo music. Good Steve Martin... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Frisco, TX
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Frisco, TX
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Impressive display of every kind and style of banjo ever made. The artistry of these instruments is worth a visit, even if you are not a fan of banjo music. Good Steve Martin section too.

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Norman, Oklahoma
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46 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum is a comprehensive history of the banjo's evolution from it's African origins, appropriation and popularization within white culture, its association with folk music and its history in the twentieth century. It is a fascinating museum with lots and lots of banjos. Sound is also well emphasized and many examples are provided throughout the museum. Also included for the... More 

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Perry, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I play old time banjo (not bluegrass) and was interested to see all the beautiful banjos. I know that I was in "bluegrass" country but would have loved to see more open back clawhammer style banjos three finger picking didn't really come onto the scene until around 1940 and even though it has now taken over the banjo universe the... More 

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Thank Larry V
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If touring Oklahoma City you should end up in this area anyway and it's certainly worth a gander to see how the different banjo's have been artistically decorated. Amazing workmanship.

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Sparks, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice little museum that is located in Bricktown. It takes about an hour to go through it. Interesting Steve Martin exhibit. We had lunch at the brew pub 2 doors down.

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited this museum with my daughter age six and some of her friends. We were pleasantly surprised with the number of banjos on display and some of the very interesting history. There were some with great carvings and art work on them. Some of the banjos are rare examples with only one or two like them in the world.... More 

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Fayetteville, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

Very nice place, lots to see . Really beautiful instruments. We enjoyed our visit. They had a big exhibit about Steve Martin and his love of the banjo.

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Thank Penny F
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

I like banjos, but this place was too much for me. When they say banjos, they mean just banjos. No other items are there - just banjos. You can get through the museum in 15 minutes. I enjoyed the first 10 minutes, then I got bored.

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Thank Jean H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

My husband insisted we go here, and he certainly did enjoy it. I thought it was pretty cool, too. Our host was welcoming and very informative about the history, structure, and playing of the banjo. I loved things from the museum I never knew before, so I consider it a success. Plus, it was 99 degrees outside, and the cool... More 

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Thank Patricia G
St. George, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

My wife's uncle plays the banjo, so while in Oklahoma City we decided to stop in to buy a souvenir with their logo on it, and since we were there we decided to tour the whole museum. It turns out that we really enjoyed the whole thing. I had no idea that the banjo had had such a hot history... More 

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