The banjo originated from the Colonial American era, most commonly related to country and folk music. The American Banjo Museum in downtown Oklahoma focuses on preserving the heritage of the country's native musical instrument. The museum also houses the National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame, honoring exemplary four-string banjo contemporary artists, educators, and individuals who have pursued the tradition.
Things to Do
- The museum currently has the world's largest collection of banjos on display. See more than 400 instruments dating from the the 19th century up to post WWII. There are also replicas of the primitive banjos created by African slaves in the 1600s. The instruments are displayed throughout the first floor, divided into exhibits per era.
- On the second floor, get to know the banjo pioneers and individuals who have contributed greatly to the music and tradition at the National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame. On this floor you will also find the special event room, called Your Father's Mustache, designed after the popular banjo nightclubs in the 1960s. Call the museum for the schedule of the regular performances.
- Cap off your trip with a visit to the museum's store and cafe. Find banjo-related merchandises including CDs, apparels, and publications.
American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame Insider Tips
- The museum is located on a stunning location with views of mountain tops. There's a green lawn where you can also go out on a picnic.