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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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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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On a recent trip to Baltimore, my wife and I had some free time and found or way to this museum. What was planned as a brief visit turned into hours and even a repeat visit the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

On a recent trip to Baltimore, my wife and I had some free time and found or way to this museum. What was planned as a brief visit turned into hours and even a repeat visit the next morning to see what we had missed on day one. It is a 'must see' when in Baltimore

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Totally unexpected gob-smacking experience. Never having seen an odd-collection of so many unusual (to say the least) and eye-popping exhibits, I was challenged to focus and reflect on what I was seeing as where my guests.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

this is a fun and funky museum. not boring. I'm not a connoisseur of fine art so this place is cool in my opinion. lots of interesting types of art. not just paintings. i hear the cafe inside has great food. the giftshop is the best part super fun items decent prices lots of cool quirky gifts.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

A fun, quirky stop--you can even take the free Charm City Circulator here. It is in 2 buildings, and has some outdoor sculpture works as well. It is an interesting walk through--sort of a tribute to self-taught visual artists. My only complaint is that I wish the gift shop were better--it was a bit of a disappointment after the quirkiness... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Fun to poke around. Best to approach with a light heart. I am not hippy dippy,but I truly enjoyed the avant guard atmosphere. The Starving Artist cafe was charming. My juice was warm but acceptable

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Cleveland, Oh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

This is an interesting thing to visit. It has three floors of exhibits of avant-garde and folk art with good description of the artist. It is very original and very imaginative. From a few places there is also a nice view of the inner harbor and the restaurant on the top floor is quite good.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

My husband and I are new in town. We'd seen this while driving around and were intrigued. We loved it so much that we became members right away. The exhibitions are fascinating and put a big smile on my face. Truly unique work that has some real depth to it, as well. There's something magical about this place that makes... More 

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Louisville,KY
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Different sort of museum. My wife is into the oddball kind of stuff, so she loved it. I liked it also. Worth a visit if you like the untrained artist stuff.

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Inside and out, it is filled with unique and thought provoking art. Each exhibit has excellent biographical and background information on each of the artists which greatly enhances one's understanding of the works. There is a wonderful variety and everything is displayed well. Find myself continuing my "visit" after leaving as I continue to research and read about artists I... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Inside and outside, what a treasure for the city of Baltimore! Preview the web site before going so you will not be surprised to find that this is not your typical art museum. The theme for the entire museum changes each year, so there is a month when it is closed. I have been to every show since the museum... More 

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