Last updated: 5/26/2011
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Street Address
9 E. Sheridan
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Mailing Address
9 E. Sheridan
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
phone: 405-604-2793
e-mail: info@banjomuseum.org
web: www.americanbanjomuseum.com
Hours
Tuesday - Saturday11 AM - 6 PM
Sunday12 PM - 5 PM
Mondayclosed
Closed Mondays and Major Holidays
Admissions
Adults $6
Sr (55+) $5
Student (with ID) $5
Youth (5-17) $4
Children (under 5) Free
Family $15
Services
Gift Shop
Cafe/Restaurant
Group Tours
Staff
Johnny Baier, Executive Director
Margie Smith-Robbins, Administrative and Retail
Janet Raines, Sales & Marketing
Description

The American Banjo Museum is a national treasure in downtown Oklahoma City. The American Banjo Museum is a world-class facility dedicated to preserving and promoting the music and heritage of America's native musical instrument - the banjo. With over 300 banjos the museum presents the history and evolution of the banjo with interpretive exhibits and displays.

The second floor is home to the museum’s centerpiece collection of more than 200 four-string banjos from the Jazz Era of banjo music. These magnificent instruments are in superb condition, with ornate designs and tonal sound qualities which are literally frozen in time. Each banjo in this exclusive collection is a work of art, illustrating the ingenuity, craftsmanship and dedication of the artisans who created these masterpieces nearly a century ago.

Annual membership in the American Banjo Museum offers the tangible benefits of free museum admission, notification by email of special concerts/events and regular museum news, plus discounts on museum store and cafe purchases. More importantly, membership in the ABM tells others that you care about the preservation and continued promotion of America's musical heritage. Donations to the American Banjo Museum can be made through the Oklahoma City Community Foundation

History

Originally located in Guthrie, Oklahoma, the ABM was founded as a nonprofit organization in 1998 by Midwest City attorney, Brady Hunt and Indiana industrialist, Jack Canine under its previous name, The National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame Museum. Mr. Canine, a retired Indiana industrialist as well as banjo player and enthusiast, has stated his belief that preserving and promoting the history of the banjo, America’s adopted native musical instrument, is a very important mission for future generations.

Library

Access: Members

Appointment required: Yes

ADA

Wheelchair Accessible

Services

Gift Shop

Restaurant

Group Tours

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