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American Visionary Art Museum

800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230 (Federal Hill)
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Ranked #6 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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New Jersey
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144 reviews 144 reviews
82 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

unfortunately, they were gearing up for a new exhibition so there wasn't much to see in the main building but got the idea of the place. The permanent collection is not to be missed as is the gift shop. It is an experience in and of itself. I wish I had gotten more little junk pieces to make my own... More

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Calgary, Canada
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158 reviews 158 reviews
45 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Although part of the museum was closed when we visited, we did see art produced by artists on the edge (they kind of make van Gogh look like he had a good life). Some we liked, some we laughed and some we cried over. Sometimes the blurbs about the artist seemed odd as well. If you want something unique, not... More

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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

I'm an out-of-towner who traveled for a mosaics class that was well worth it! The building itself is fascinating and you can't miss the pink poodle, bottle covered car, and more! Rick Shelley's class was great and the enthusiasm overwhelming. I'd head to the museum anytime.

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Brooklyn, New York
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I love this museum. We've seen some great exhibits. And there's a nice outdoor space as well, if you can visit during nice weather.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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22 reviews 22 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Attended the museum as a wedding guest. How fun. Beautiful site for a wedding. Loved the robots and other great exhibits. The reception was held on the third floor.

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Morristown, New Jersey
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

There's a lot of stuff to see here, and it's worth the trip. As in any museum, you're not going to like everything, but you'll find something that catches your attention and sticks with you. For me it was an installation that included a video with Ray Kurzweil and others about the coming Singularity (when machines surpass humans in intelligence).... More

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Portland, Oregon
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39 reviews 39 reviews
3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We visited this museum on a bit of a time crunch. Wish we had more time to explore. This museum piqued my curiosity, made me laugh and touched my soul. Beautiful work.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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57 reviews 57 reviews
21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

I bought a Groupon to visit the American Visionary Museum when my artist sister was in town. I thought it might be fun for her. Turns out, it was fun for me too. The ambiance does not have your typical museum quiet (and yes, sometimes stuffy) feel. You’ll visit the multiple floors and see all kinds of interesting art. Some... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

The AVAM was so unique! I enjoyed everything I saw, including the screen painting, the Pez collection, and yes, even the giant bra ball. I was a little disappointed that some areas were closed, but I realize renovations have to happen some time. The gift shop had so much to choose from, and I bought several books at a nicely... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

The exhibit on "Humans, Souls and Robots" was highly recommended to us and was amazing. We were in there 2 hours before leaving for lunch at Ryan's a few blocks away. Great food there. We went out to eat because the museum's restaurant was closed for renovation. We had heard it was nice place to eat. Helpful staff. Videos running... More

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