American Banjo Museum, Oklahoma City

4.7
#8 of 19 in Museums in Oklahoma City
The American Banjo Museum is a world-class 21,000 square foot facility honoring the rich history, vibrant spirit and unlimited future of the banjo. The museum contains more than 300 instruments, the largest collection on public display in the world. Examples include replicas of primitive banjos developed by African slaves in the Old South, Minstrel Age instruments from 19th century, post WWII instruments used in bluegrass, folk and world music, and museum’s core collection of ornately decorated banjos made in America during the Jazz Age of the 1920’s and 30s.
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4.7
TripAdvisor
  • 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.  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • This was a nice museum. It was bigger than I expected. Lots of banjos, pictures and stories. Good for a rainy day or to kill an hour or two.  more »
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  • Fun history and some neat banjos. Their traveling exhibits were fun. I wish they had more ways to hear and see famous performances listen to examples etc. There were a few QR codes but not every one has a phone QR code reader or knows how to use one.
  • Amazing collection in a well laid out museum. The staff is kind and friendly. Also, if you are lucky, live music by some of the most talented players in the world!
  • Many nice bangos and other things on exhibit - a lot of very interesting history. also, there was a very good video about the banjo and it's history in the US that was very informative
  • i was the first time to Oklahoma City and wanted to check out the local attractions and top TripAdvisor 'Things to Do'. I've never been to a Banjo museum so thought I would give it a shot! Stopped by and loved it. The lady who took our money for the tickets was awesome; always had a smile and gave us a quick overview of the museum when we stated we had not been there before. We then walked through the initial part which was a self-guided tour, and then saw two floors of 100+ banjos, with each banjo having it's own unique story. If you're a big time Banjo enthusiast, you could spend 3+ hours there; but for the average person who has a peak of curiosity, 1 to 1-1/2 hours should be enough time
  • Don't want to miss this! Great displays and history notes. Staff can answer any questions you may have. Loved this place and I'm a drummer!
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