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American Visionary Art Museum

Address: 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230 (Federal Hill)
Phone Number: 410-244-1900
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Ranked #5 of 148 Attractions in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts, Dining
Owner description: Be prepared for the unusual and imaginative at this museum housing works by non-mainstream artists...
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Type: Art Museums, Specialty Museums, Museums
Activities: Arts and crafts, Dining
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

The AVAM is a wide variety of unique art that satisfies the senses and intelligence of the viewer. Detailed biographies accompanied the artworks. Enlightening quotes around the walls complemented the art. There was absolutely nothing to dislike. It was a very pleasurable experience to go through the museum.

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Beavercreek, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

Definitely worth the $15.95 admission. Three buildings (though the barn was closed when we were there) and a sculpture garden offer visual stimulation and thought-provoking art. This was my first experience at a visionary art museum and possibly as a result, I was unprepared for the feelings induced by glimpsing into the pain and trauma of some of the artists.

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Lutherville, MD
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I've never been disappointed in my visits to the American Visionary Art Museum. The art is wonderful and the shop is not to be missed! Unfortunately, the restaurant was under construction and not available.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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74 reviews 74 reviews
67 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This is a great location for a reception of any kind. I just attended a reception here in Jan 2015. The location is great, right off Key Highway, close to the Inner Harbor. The food was good. The staff was wonderful, polite, quick, they were great!

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boston
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This museum is unlike virtually any other museum I've ever visited. It's full of wild, wacky, off-the-wall "art" (traditional media used in very personal and creative ways) that will expand your mind IF you let it. The whole tour through two buildings took me about 2 hours and left me smiling, puzzled, and full of wonder about what humans can... More 

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Dublin, New Hampshire
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63 reviews 63 reviews
25 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

A diverse and eclectic collection of art. The gift shop is really fun! A majority of the artists suffered from a number of mental illnesses or had some tragedy that brought them to create their art. It was inspiring.

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Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
9 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

What a feast for the eyes and mind. We spent over four hours here and could have stay longer. The museum is laid our well with lots of interesting artwork,interactive exhibits, and thought-provoking quotations. Go here if you want to explore a unique blend of art, science, and spirituality. The artwork is displayed on the inside and outside of three... More 

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Odenton, Maryland, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We love this place. They seem to lean toward edgy, thoughtful, deep subjects and content; you'll want to spend the time reading every informational placard on every display. We come back often, and never seem to have enough time to absorb it all.

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Reston, Virginia
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54 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Me and my wife are museum buffs. While on our recent trip to Baltimore, I was looking for some recommendations here on TripAdvisor, and found this as highly rated. We reached there at noon in a cold and rainy weather. There was ample parking at the Covington St (behind the museum) for 2$ an hour. We were fortunate to get... More 

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Lander, Wyoming
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Mostly the work of artists without formal training, driven by obsessive and sometimes maniacal visions. Some of it beautiful, some of it maddening, all of it interesting. You can laugh at some of it, and some of the stories behind it, but much of it is fascinating, and testimony to following your passions, even when they lead to the dangerous... More 

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