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“Something different”

American Banjo Museum
Ranked #16 of 132 things to do in Oklahoma City
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Nocona, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Something different”
Reviewed May 25, 2012

A unique place for a unique instrument. You learn a little about the history of the banjo and have the chance to view highlights of the banjo used in movies. A small section is dedicated to the Banjo Hall of Fame, there are a few displays featuring the instruments of famous players, and you will never see more banjos in one place at one time.

Visited May 2012
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Chandler, AZ
Level 6 Contributor
132 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Must see this.”
Reviewed May 20, 2012

The banjos are works of art. It is surprising how beautiful they are.

Visited July 2011
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Level 5 Contributor
42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Unexpected jewel”
Reviewed May 16, 2012

Never new this small Museum even existed, but, inside there are hundreds of banjos to see.

Visited March 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The banjo as a piece of high tech art, and it's music as art”
Reviewed March 27, 2012

I became a member recently. This is not just a repository of old banjo, but a serious endeavor to preserve the instruments, music, and integral place of the banjo in US history. It's got tremendous info on 4 string jazz banjo. Their archives are wonderful for students of the instrument. If you don't play, you will enjoy. If you play, this is Mecca. Helpful staff.

Visited February 2012
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Amarillo, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
369 reviews
261 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 204 helpful votes
“Drop In!”
Reviewed March 17, 2012

I was wandering around OKC's Bricktown area and decided to visit this museum. I actually found it quite fascinating, particularly the audio history portion of the banjo's development.

It was worth the few bucks I paid to get in, and if you're a fan of stringed instruments, I think you'll enjoy seeing the large (and sometimes ornate) collection of banjos here. The gentlemen at the front of the museum was quite friendly and helpful, too.

Visited March 2012
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