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American Banjo Museum

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Address: 9 E Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104-2424
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+1 405-604-2793
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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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Unexpected gem!

So glad we decided to go to this museum! It's well laid out and provides a lot of history as well as displaying various makes and styles of banjos. Upstairs you can see the Steve... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 14 January 2017
Joy S
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157 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

So glad we decided to go to this museum! It's well laid out and provides a lot of history as well as displaying various makes and styles of banjos. Upstairs you can see the Steve Martin exhibit which was funny and entertaining. I left wanting to learn how to play the banjo!!

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Thank Joy S
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

If you like banjos or appreciate the artistry of musical instruments then you will love this place. It hosts an incredible collection of beautiful and unique banjos complete with a history of the banjo. A unique little place to check out if you're in the city.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

The banjo, the quintessential American instrument, has a museum in OKC. The collection is expertly curated and explained. There are some amazing banjos in the collection. There are two floors, a gift shop and a "petting" zoo where one can try playing this marvelous instrument. The entrance is $8, totally worth it given the unique subject matter and how nice... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

I was staying at the Hampton Inn on Sheridan and walking into downtown for a conference when I passed by the American Banjo Museum. I knew right away that I'd have to come back for a visit. When I returned I found hundreds, maybe thousands of banjoes well preserved and protected inside this museum. Accompanying the banjoes was a well... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

We fit this in to our day and it was so worth it. Never ever knew there were so many types of banjos. We really really enjoyed. Some are exquisite! There are some real works of art. Highly recommend a visit. We were there about an hour and learned a lot.

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

In Oklahoma for a football game, we strolled into Brick City and found a two story museum dedicated to Banjos. Strange, but very interesting displays trace the evolution of the uniquely American instrument. Of course there had to be a lot of Steve Martin in the museum. Well worth the time!

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Great music museum! Steve Martin exhibit was small but informative! Gift shop was great and had a lot of interesting items about banjos!

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Who knew there was this museum in the city? We found it, pretty much by chance but really liked what we saw! LOTS of pictures and so much to see there!

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Frisco, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

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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