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Feb 24, 2024 - 6:38:38 PM
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16017 posts since 12/2/2005

I probably wouldn't have ended up there any other way but for a convention and trade show in OKC. I stumbled across the fact that the American Banjo Museum is about a nine-block walk from the convention center hotel.

It is well worth the visit. There's a gorgeous collection of four- and five-strings from roughly mid-1800s to today - including a large collection of B&D Silver Bells of various models. Not my particular thing, but dang, they're pretty - and first time I've seen one in person. And, of course, among other things, the famous GRICH "Yellow Submarine" banjo. Plus the first time I've seen a Renee Karnes banjo in person - holy smokes.

Some oddballs and obscurities, but amazing displays of inlay, marquetry, engraving of shell and metal. Anyone who isn't a banjo nerd would grow weary of it fast - don't bring your non-banjo-playing spouse. But I left puddles of drool on the floor.

I was also blessed to stumble across Tyler Jackson, the Assistant Curator and one helluva player. A very generous half hour of fascinating discussion ensued.

Trade shows tend to suck, unless there's cool stuff nearby. If you happen to be in OKC, it's worth the visit!

Feb 25, 2024 - 8:26:17 AM



205 posts since 7/6/2004

The American Banjo Museum is an incredible collection of some of the most stunning banjos ever created!

Feb 25, 2024 - 8:31:56 AM

998 posts since 2/11/2019

Went to OKC for softball a few years ago and as you said left my non banjo spouse at the hotel. Amazing place. I posted a bunch of pics from it here on BHO some time ago when someone brought up banjo porn.

Feb 25, 2024 - 8:48:50 AM
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Lew H


2941 posts since 3/10/2008

I've been there twice. I'll go again when I'm in OK City. there is a fabulous collection of banjos. They started with jazz age tenors, then expanded to 5-strings, banjo uses, banjo history, etc. Anyone who loves banjos should go there. Here's a few pictures.

Edited by - Lew H on 02/25/2024 08:49:59

Feb 25, 2024 - 2:32:20 PM
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643 posts since 3/5/2009

I've also been there and thoroughly enjoyed. My wife and I visited the year Jim Henson was admitted to the Banjo Hall of Fame. I also recommend the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. The Chihuly glass exhibit is spectacular. It is well worth visiting after you've satisfied your appetite for banjos.

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