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American Visionary Art Museum

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Neighborhood: Federal Hill
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Address: 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone Number: 410-244-1900
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Be prepared for the unusual and imaginative at this museum housing works by...

Be prepared for the unusual and imaginative at this museum housing works by non-mainstream artists, including the "whirligig", a 55-foot wind-powered sculpture, a 10-foot model of the Lusitania made entirely out of match sticks and a mobile that spans three floors.

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Sights, debate, conversation about art and America

This place will initiate a discussion, debate and overall interaction that is long needed. It's a great place to visit with teenagers that are interested (or should be) in... read more

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68 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This place will initiate a discussion, debate and overall interaction that is long needed. It's a great place to visit with teenagers that are interested (or should be) in politics, art, social change and American history. The art is not what you would expect from a traditional museum, and this is what it's all about

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Chicago
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41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The museum was closing in an hour due to the predicted blizzard so we thought we would have to rush through the exhibits -but because everyone stayed away awaiting the storm, we had the museum virtually to ourselves. It's hard to describe and we were not allowed to take photos, but this is a free for all exhibition of the... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A quirky but lovely place. Full of art works that challenge your sense of beauty, and at times, social norms and social justice/

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Thank ccMD2015
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414 reviews
183 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The most entertaining museum that I have ever been to! Excellent, fantastic, unique, inspiring! Interesting project, eye - catching...I run out of time and the staff had to ask me out. Thanks to the art I've seen in this museum, I got inspired to do myself a visional diary of the year from my life. And I did it twice... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow! This museum was so cool!! Had no idea what it would be like, but it blew me away. The artwork is mostly by unsuspecting average people who stumbled upon their talents, from homeless people, to people with mental disorders, to children. Every piece of art had a story behind it. So glad I got to see such a unique... More 

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San Francisco, California
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The most fun you could ever have at a museum. Beautiful, quirky, and seriously like nowhere else. A visual feast!

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Thank Cphym
New York City, New York
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26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here because it was free for MLK. The museum has about 3-4 floors but it's very small. You can visit within an hour or so and be done. This is not your typical museum with fine art or Da Vinci, it is with lesser known artists and local artists, which makes it unique and one of a kind. It... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a beautiful museum inside and out. There is so much to look at, interesting stories to read, and the architecture is also impressive. It is a fun place to go with kids or as an adult. The permanent collection has amazing art by local Baltimorians and the visiting exhibits always have interesting themes. If you ever get a... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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61 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Do not let the descriptions of "primitive" or "alternative" or even "untrained" art keep you away. The permanent collection is fascinating and I have also seen several temporary shows that dazzled. The actual building has to be seen to be believed. It is a nice walk from Baltimore's Inner Harbor. Finally, the gift shop is also a bit weird and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I hadn't been to this museum in years and am so glad I went back. The creativity and variety of the works of untrained artists exhibited here is simply astonishing. The work is fun, thought-provoking, engaging and in large part unusual. Well worth a visit for the curious and open-minded.

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