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The American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City's Bricktown

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The American Banjo Museum in Oklahoma City's Bricktown © American Banjo Museum

In Short:

The only museum of its type, the American Banjo Museum is one of the newer and more unique attractions in Oklahoma City's dynamic Bricktown district. Formerly called the National Four String Banjo Hall of Fame when it originally opened in Guthrie in 1998, just north of the metro, the museum moved into its new $5 million, 21,000 square-foot home in 2009. Featuring the world's largest collection of banjos on display in the world at over 300, the museum celebrates the rich history the instrument, from banjos developed by African slaves to the ornate banjos of the country's jazz era.

Location:

9 E. Sheridan Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73104


The American Banjo Museum is located in Oklahoma City's entertainment district called Bricktown, near the central downtown area. Get a detailed Bricktown map with driving directions.

Admission & Hours of Operation:

Operating hours for the American Banjo Museum are Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Current admission prices are as follows:

  • Adults - $6
  • Seniors - $5
  • Children (6-17) - $4
  • Children (Under 5) - Free
For more information, contact the museum at (405) 604-2793

 

Exhibits:

The American Banjo Museum started with the donation of 60 four-string banjos from the collection of Brady Hunt and Jack Canine and later added hundreds more from a private collection in Germany. All types of banjos are on display, from banjos developed by African slaves to post-World War II bluegrass banjos and decorated banjos from the American jazz era of the 20's and 30's.

Entertainment:

In addition to the many banjos and the historical exhibits, the American Banjo Museum features a performance theater and a recreation of a vintage, dixieland jazz-era Shakey’s Pizza Parlor. There is live entertainment, free with museum admission, every Saturday afternoon from 3-5 p.m.

Nearby Hotels & Lodging:

Coming to OKC for the American Banjo Museum? I have full details on all of the best Bricktown hotels. Here are a few options:

  • Courtyard Downtown
    2 West Reno
    Within walking distance to Bricktown
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  • Renaissance Hotel
    Ten North Broadway
    Within walking distance to Bricktown
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  • Sheraton Hotel
    One North Broadway
    Within walking distance to Bricktown
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  • The Skirvin Hotel
    One Park Avenue
    Less than 1 mile from Bricktown
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  • Hampton Inn & Suites
    300 East Sheridan
    Less than 1 mile from Bricktown
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  • Colcord Hotel
    15 N Robinson
    Less than 1 mile from Bricktown
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