American Banjo Museum Oklahoma City
Where are we going today?
If your kids love music, especially country music, chances are they have heard the banjo in action. It's an incredible instrument, and has played a huge part in American music, so it makes sense that Oklahoma City would create a museum dedicated to it's history, it's spirit, and it's future!
The American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma is 21,000sq ft of exhibits that tell the story of this small but amazing instrument. The museum's various collections hold over 400 instruments, as well as video, film, recordings, print music, and memorabilia, all related to the banjo. In fact, the museum has the largest collection on banjo's in the entire WORLD on display. Pretty amazing!
Did you know that the banjo was developed by African slaves? You can read all about the history as you walk through the halls. You might even spot actual Minstrel Age instruments dating back to the mid-19th century.
The American Banjo Museum holds Classic Era banjos from the late 1800s, and even post WWII instruments that were used in bluegrass and folk music.
The majority of the collection features ornately decorated banjos that were made in the US during that famous Jazz Age of the 1920's and 1930s.
Make sure you spend some time in the Banjo Hall of Fame too! Here the four-string banjo players are honored, and you might even spot some familiar faces such as actor Steve Martin and The Walt Disney Company!
So why not get those dancing shoes on, and spend a day learning all about this incredible instrument. You never know, you might get inspired to pick one up yourself!
How much does it cost?
- Children$5 (Ages 5 to 17)
- Free Under: 5 years
When can we go?
11am - 6pm Tues - Sat / 12pm - 5pm Sun
Closed major holidays and Mondays.
There are plenty of places to enjoy food in the area before or after your musical day out!.
It's a good idea to carry bottled water with you so you can stay hydrated. .
Any Top Tips?
Allow around an hour to enjoy a self-guided tour. .
Doing our bit
They are the ONLY museum dedicated to America's instrument! They work with admission and donations to preserve the history and the music. .
Need a little extra help?
All of the galleries, public areas and restrooms are wheelchair accessible!.
The last admission is 45 minutes prior to closing.
What people are saying?
by Patty Conrad
We enjoyed our visit here with family from out of state. The exhibits were well laid out and very interesting, including the Kingston Trio exhibit, held over until September 2014. The staff were very helpful and friendly, and we would have stayed longer if our young children were not ready to leave. We would love to come back and plan an event in their Shakey's room on the second floor. Great location with parking nearby.
by John Johnson
My visit to this museum was a very dissatisfying experience. After making a special trip, I was a quarter of the way through the tour when the management decided to close a half hour early and kicked me out. He didn't even offer a 'rain check' ticket. Given these business ethics, I wouldn't recommend this museum, regardless of what is in it.
by Drake Tulloh