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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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10:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
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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Quirky museum near Inner Harbor. They have outdoor movies in the summer. Very interesting exhibits, including folk art from local Baltimore artists.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Quirky museum near Inner Harbor. They have outdoor movies in the summer. Very interesting exhibits, including folk art from local Baltimore artists.

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Baltimore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This museum is full of the most interesting artwork that don't fit the image of traditional art. Fancy, shiny, whimsical, and fun for all ages, this museum is well worth the price of admission. There is also a gift shop that is full of kitchy gifts and a restaurant with a terrific view and yummy food. This is a must... More 

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Charlotte, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Fun to arrive by water taxi. Exhibits colorful, imaginative and well explained. Best collection of "outsider art" /visionary art yet.

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Cocoa Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

I heard about this museum from a patron at the Philadelphia Museum of Art who insisted I visit. I was glad we did! It is filled with art by those who see "differently" than many of us and who despite considerable odds held true to their unique vision. It was very chilly in the museum so dress accordingly. The restaurant... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

My boyfriend and I live very close to the visionary (less than a mile). The museum has several floor or interesting/wacky paintings and sculputures. In addition, the museum hosts lots of community events including the kinetic scupulture race, and flicks on the hill. There is a restuarant on the third floor as well, but I cannot vouch forthe food as... More 

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

My flight connection got cancelled and my 14 yr old son and I had to spend an extra day in Baltimore. I chose to see American Visionary Art Museum based on overwhelmingly positive TA reviews. Sad to say I certainly didn't understand what get this place the high rating. Shockingly small museum featuring recent art projects from what I believe... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

although not all the artist are outsiders(unschooled in art ) the art is very quirky and personal. alot of reading can be done in this musueum. the selection is wide and regional. the cafe is very good and the gift shop (although pricey) is loads of fun

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Great reviews from all 5 of us (3 generations). We loved it! Spent a few hours here and could have done more. Fascinating and thought provoking! Parking was easy too.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

This was an interesting museum, but it's not necessarily what you might expect from an art museum. A lot of it was installation art. It was interesting to look at, but might not be for everyone.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Great for all ages, kids love it! Amazing exhibits, changing exhibits to keep current, informative docents, friendly staff. Love the gift shop! Excited new restaurant has opened. Always bring out of town visitors to AVAM!!!

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Additional Information about American Visionary Art Museum

Address: 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230
Phone Number: 410-244-1900
Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Baltimore>  > Federal Hill
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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