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American Visionary Art Museum

800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230 (Federal Hill)
410-244-1900
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Ranked #5 of 157 Attractions in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Dining, Arts and crafts
Traveler Description: The American Visionary Art Museum is a fabulous museum of  "Folk Art" right near the inner harbor.  It's really art that is done by untrained... more »
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Beachwood, Ohio, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

It was not what we expected. It is also out of the way. We didn't find it too interested although the basement has a cute machine the kids found funny.

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Mussoorie, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Bear in mind this is not your regular art museum. Its a museum dedicated to outsider art. Art that isn't made by the traditional artist, or those that went to art school or other more conventional methods. While you will find some artists like that shown at times typically they have some kind of twist in their story. Most of... More

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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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31 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is beyond modern art-- this is an experience viewing artists who are traditional based craftsmpeople with different ideas or some so far out of the box that it is tough to wrap ones mind around it. There is no other museum like it if you are up for being stimulated and challenged.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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27 reviews 27 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My son, daughter and I visited the American Visionary Art Museum last Fall. What an amazing museum! We spent several hours visiting. We loved seeing the outside permanent art that adorns the building. Inside, there are so many different exhibits to look for. We spent several hours here and dint get to see everything. We visited all of the different... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The Visionary Arts Museum is devoted to displaying the work of outsider art. Few of them have any art schooling and for a number of them the first thought that comes to mind is OCD, obsessive-compulsive disorder. I have seen works there carved form pencils, assembled from toothpicks or stitched from fabric. I is located within walking distance of most... More

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Alabama
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104 reviews 104 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This museum was highly recommended by a local. The AAA book said to plan on 1 1/2 hours, but we spent 3+. would have stayed longer, but the guard was patiently waiting for us to leave. We were challenged in every way possible & revisited many displays a second or third time. Plenty of displays for all ages. One of... More

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South East
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Pros - quirky , different , thought provoking art, loved some of it, hated some of it , which is good I think. Cons - bit expensive for the size of it

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Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

I appreciated this art for recognizing unsung artists--people in mental institutions and with obsessions. My kids and husband didn't like it. But they aren't super artistic. My boys did enjoy the gift shop and I found a great $8 necklace. It only took us an hour or so to go through, partly because my family was so not into it.... More

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Athens, New York
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

What a great selection of interesting and current art. Especially like the Rouse Center and the garden and plaza.

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East Coast US
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Spent a few hours with cousins from out of state....last time I was there was probably 10 years ago. New exhibits, and some really inventive imaginary objects. It has been one of the best 'surprises' I've had with travels and museums.

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