An experimental verification of the theoretical analysis of the use of discrete vibration absorbers consisting of spring–mass–damper systems, to attenuate the response of a mass‐loaded cantilever beam, is presented. Ten different beam systems that are similar except for the location of the masses were studied both theoretically and experimentally. Initially, eigenvalues, eigenfunctions, and generalized masses were obtained for each beam system without absorbers. Then, an experimental investigation was conducted on these beam systems without absorbers, to determine the hysteretic damping factor for each system. With this information, two discrete vibration absorbers were designed using theoretical methods to suppress the first and second resonances of the beam systems under consideration in the frequency range below 100 Hz. Absorber I was designed to attenuate the first resonance and absorber II, the second resonance. The interaction of the absorbers was accounted for in the analysis. Ten different sets of absorber parameters, damping coefficients of the viscous damper, and spring stiffnesses of the springs were obtained for both absorbers I and II. Ten different sets of absorbers were designed corresponding to the ten different beam systems described above. The mass of the absorbers was kept constant for all the different beam systems. The stiffness and damping coefficients of absorbers I and II were found to be of the same order of magnitude for all of the ten absorber sets designed for the ten beam systems. Therefore, a single set of vibration absorbers was fabricated and used for each of the ten beam systems. The parameters of the vibration absorbers used for the experiment were similar to the theoretical values.