Sight, the workhorse of the five senses, puts in too many hours keeping man from falling in manholes. Reward the most overworked sense with today's Groupon: for $35, you get a one-year family membership to the American Banjo Museum, located downtown (a $75 value). This membership is good for unlimited admission for a household of two adults and two children.
Two floors spanning 21,000 square feet exhibit the American Banjo Museum's more than 300 shiny string-boxes and other instruments, providing tune-lovers and armchair folklorists with a rich history of American music. Every era of banjo evolution is represented with corresponding displays, from its beginnings among slaves in the 17th century to its ornate four-string iterations in the Jazz Age to its proliferation among street-prophets as a dowsing rod for buried sandwiches. Head to the special gallery to scope out the pristine collection of Gibson Mastertone banjos, including an extremely rare pre-war five-stringer valued at more than $175,000, or learn about the luminaries of the plectrum at the Banjo Hall of Fame. Members can use their discount at the well-stocked store and cafe to pick up a favorite jazz recording or bluegrass-flavored beignet.
Regular email updates alert members to upcoming concerts on select Saturdays, where they’ll be able to catch nimble-fingered living legends hone their craft live onstage. From its beginnings in 1998 in Guthrie, Oklahoma, to its current clawhammer fortress, the museum has also amassed an archive featuring thousands of audio and video recordings, periodicals, and photographs, which you can view by appointment.
Downtown Oklahoma City
9 E Sheridan Ave.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73104Get Directions