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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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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Activities: Arts and crafts, Dining
Description: Be prepared for the unusual and imaginative at this museum housing works...
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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This was a small, manageable, and fresh museum. The space is beautiful! I will certainly go back. Trip Advisor is asking me to write more on this review, but all I have to say is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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nantucket
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This was a small, manageable, and fresh museum. The space is beautiful! I will certainly go back. Trip Advisor is asking me to write more on this review, but all I have to say is if you are visiting the city this museum is with a stop.

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Hillsborough, North Carolina
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Not your normal art museum. It has two buildings of exhibits and some outdoor art between the two. You've got to read some of the blurbs posted with the art to really appreciate it. Fascinating stories. Really wish they had a book on Rev. Howard Finster and his work. (Lots of color photos and narratives and I'd have bought it.)... More 

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Minneapolis MN USA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Expressions of the human spirit in all its creative glory. Often wondrously moving or hilarious and sometimes both at the same time. Do not miss.

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Wihte Hall Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This museum takes you on a trip down memory lane with some of the exhibits. It has a whole range of art displayed from kooky to serious.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Why should you have to pay a fee to get into this museum that offers nothing to its viewers. What is this place good for? Well, they have a great loft in one of their buildings for weddings. But, if you want to have a wedding in an attic like "Anne Frank in hiding" then this is the place for... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

AVAM is a must-visit museum. It is absolutely fantastic, and you will see things you have never experienced in any other museum. Go! Enjoy!

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11 reviews 11 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

AVAM is the showcase for hundreds of exhibits by artists who are self-taught. If you ever wanted to see how to make things out of bottle caps or old toilets, this is the place to go. My 6 year-old granddaughter is extremely creative and loved every minute of it . . . even the booth showcasing fart noises throughout history.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Best museum for all BUT The kids love it When have your children asked to go to an ART Museum? Kids can relate to the colors, shapes, and fun of art They can actually copy and reinvent what they see Don't misss the amazing store Great for kids to shop for gifts What a wonderful treat

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

AVAM is a wonderful place, displaying the personal visions of artists on the periphery. Their gift shop is like no other, full of things to delight the 10-year-old boy child in all of us. We live in Baltimore and enjoy AVAM so much that we've become members and visit regularly.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

They call this the art museum for people who don't like art museums. Very eclectic collection and if you're not interested in the art museum itself, definitely check out the museum store. You can go to the museum store for free.

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