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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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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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A must see in Baltimore or anywhere in the viciinty

One of the most interesting and fun art museums anywhere. It is very well curated, both the permanent collection and the special exhibitions. It is a great place to broaden your... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Clarksdale, Mississippi
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Irvine, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015 NEW

This is probably a love it or dislike it kind of museum. It was on the odd and bizarre side and many would love that. It is about a 15 minute walk from the hotel. If you like the unusual this is the place for you!

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Clarksdale, Mississippi
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

One of the most interesting and fun art museums anywhere. It is very well curated, both the permanent collection and the special exhibitions. It is a great place to broaden your understanding of what is art and what it can be and how it fits into cultures that are different than the ones presented in most major art museums. A... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

I really wasn't sure what to expect from this place based on some of the descriptions but it was beyond my expectations and I am glad we took the time to go through here. Some of the exhibits are very powerful and moving, especially when you read the back stories. Also very cool - a Jimmi Hendrix self portrait. That's... More 

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Rehoboth Beach, DE
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

So glad to have dropped in while a friend was visiting. From displays of local current events to historic Baltimore, funky and interactive. Great for kids too. Even the buildings are a blend of old and new Baltimore. Will go back for more.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The AVAM has something for everyone! I took my three children,with their heels firmly dug in, and they were pleasantly surprised and relieved that this was no ordinary, "boring" museum. My daughters loved the giant pink poodle, my son, who pretty much just wants to be playing ball somewhere, found plenty that interested him too.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Great staff; I've never seen art like this before- unique in so many ways; beautiful area; fun gift shop- I could've stayed in there for hours!

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new jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

If you like to mix up your museum experiences then this is the place to be. Rather than browse master's paintings, you'll find yourself amidst a circus of mixed media and quirky creativity. Mosaics, paintings, collage, textiles... AVAM has it all. They have two extra buildings since we last visited. One was not being currently used but the other features... More 

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Eastern Shore, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

One of the coolest spots in the mid-Atlantic, the Visionary Arts Museum is a collection of very interesting pieces, each created completely by untrained artists. It is a fun place to go explore alone, on a date, or even with kids. Spend a couple of hours recharging your own imagination while temporarily looking at the world through someone else's eyes.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Unusual art made by unusual people, great gift shop. Met one of the artists while there. The changing exhibits are always intriguing.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

We visited the museum as part of seeing downtown Baltimore. The admission of $15 is a bit pricey for such a small museum. If you like abstract, primitive, and 70's school art, then this museum is for you. The wood inlay pieces were well done. Some of the glass pieces were intriguing. Our group and the group that came in... More 

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