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American Banjo Museum

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Address: 9 E Sheridan Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104-2424
Phone Number: +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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Quirky but Interesting

WE visited the museum with the thought we might entertain in their meeting space, which is a recreation of a Shakey's Pizza Parlor, right down to the player piano. The museum... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 June 2016
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The Woodlands, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

WE visited the museum with the thought we might entertain in their meeting space, which is a recreation of a Shakey's Pizza Parlor, right down to the player piano. The museum itself is easy to navigate, visually very engaging, and all around an interesting stop. We learned some things and enjoyed the recordings of many artists. A fun afternoon was... More 

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Nacogdoches, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2016

Thanks for hosting the SSA conference - we loved the variety of banjos and the special exhibit about Steve Martin

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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

I had no idea what to expect when I entered the front doors of the Banjo Museum. Our visit lasted about an hour and it was time well spent. There are videos to watch as well as hundreds of banjos displayed. Across from the gift shop that actually sells banjos. there is also a "petting zoo" where you can try... More 

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Oshkosh, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016

If you love music you'll love a visit to this museum. The exhibits are beautiful and captivating! Definitely worth the trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 April 2016 via mobile

I'm from the South, so my knowledge of the banjo is mainly from a few Opry performances I've attended in Nashville. When I saw this museum, I was curious. So, my sister and I paid the $6 entrance fee and were told the museum Director, Johnny Baier was playing in a performance area on the 2nd floor. We took the... More 

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Mansfield, MA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016 via mobile

If you are only mildly interested in banjos, this will be a quick museum. The history of banjos video at the start in interesting as is the Steve Martin one they currently have. Beyond that there are just a lot of banjos. Not for little kids.

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

First, I know absolutely nothing about banjos, nothing at all. However, my wife & I attended an event hosted there & we were fascinated by the excellent displays and the history and amount of info available. I dare say, that is someone is a banjo expert there is more "banjo porn" and you will be like a kid in a... More 

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Norman, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016 via mobile

What a beautiful museum located in Bricktown! The museum starts out with the history of the banjo. It then moves on to the popularity of the banjo during the 1920's & again during the post World War II period. There is a lovely display of banjos ranging from being crafted during the 1800's to the present day. The museum also... More 

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Great Bend, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

This is a must see exhibit! They have so many banjos it's amazing. Reading about the history of where the banjo came from and then being able to see it in person is great. And they have over 300 on display just on the 2nd floor alone! I highly recommend it

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Tampa, Fl
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2016

For a few bucks you can see some seriously amazing instruments...even if you aren't a musician, it's interesting!

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