Musical Chairs: From Streetcar to Strings

If you’re strolling down Sheridan Avenue in Bricktown, you might just hear the strums of a banjo coming from the world-class American Banjo Museum. Much like the OKC Streetcar, this museum comes with a rich history, a vibrant spirit and a distinct sound. 

The museum’s collection includes more than 400 instruments, recordings, film, video, printed music, instructional materials and memorabilia associated with the banjo. Whether you’re a folk music connoisseur, or an old school Taylor Swift fan– this museum is for you. And lucky for you, we can get you there conveniently on the OKC Streetcar.

Oklahoma City first introduced the streetcars in the early 1900s- about the same time the jazz age was coming to fruition in America. So, it’s no coincidence that in 2019, these two Oklahoma City gems go hand in hand to create the perfect Bricktown experience. As you wander through elegant galleries on both floors of the museum, you will find yourself immersed in the sights and sounds of the largest collection of banjos on public display anywhere in the world.

If you’re interested in learning how to pick a tune, stop by the museum on Saturday, Nov. 9, for a free lesson and a 10% off coupon on all banjos. For those of you who would rather save your weekends for napping and Netflix binging (no judgment here, we feel you) then stop by during your lunch break on the first Wednesday each month to brown bag-it with banjos and enjoy a banjo performance with free admission. And don’t worry, the streetcar will get you back in time for that one o’clock meeting.

Skip making loops around the building looking for a parking spot, and instead, hop on the OKC loops that the city has embraced over the last year. The American Banjo Museum is located in the heart of Bricktown at 9 E. Sheridan Ave. Hop on the Century Center platform at 154 W. Sheridan or start on the platform at 21 S. Joe Carter Ave if you’re in East Bricktown.

Next time you’re in the mood for a new sound, play a different tune at the American Banjo Museum. And don’t forget to stay tuned to new adventures on the OKC Streetcar – [CD1] we’ll keep you in the loop.

EMBARK and OKC Streetcar have partnered with our downtown neighbors to form the Love the Loops program, promoting neighborhoods and districts within the OKC Streetcar route. Through the free partnership, OKC Streetcar and its partners educate residents and visitors about local businesses and move the city forward together by developing loyal customers.