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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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I don't particularly like museums, but this one is beautiful, fun, and unique!!! Definitely worth visiting, won't regret it

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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Varese, Italy
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Varese, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

I don't particularly like museums, but this one is beautiful, fun, and unique!!! Definitely worth visiting, won't regret it

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Barboursville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

A whole lot to look at...3 bldgs. Large Howard Finster collection, a warehouse with kinetic pieces, many ingenious works of art covering a large range of human expression.

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Millburn, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

Very entertaining and quirky collection of exhibits. Definitely worth a visit if you like offbeat art and imaginative sculpture. Gift shop has amusing collection of items, too, though inexplicably no postcards or prints of exhibits for sale. Nice wine bar across the street if you want to chill after visiting.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

An incredibly different museum experience for those who live in the present and want to know what's really happening in our American culture. I first visited the museum in the late nineties when it was relatively new and located in the former warehouse district of Baltimore's vibrant inner harbor. It changed some between intervening visits, but was still basically well-curated... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This museum showcases the creations of self-taught artists, many of whom have had difficult lives: schizophrenia, dyslexia, horrible muggings. Howard Finster, the African American Christian whose theme park is in northwest Georgia; Clyde Jones, a North Carolinian whose critters made from felled limbs adorn his home town of Bynum; so many more. Sculptures, mosaics - even some paintings by the... More 

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Federalsburg, Maryland
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

This is a very neat and creative museum with exhibits not found at your average art museum. Walk around with open eyes and an open mind...

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

Well worth visiting something a little different. Some diverse exhibits all interesting especially with back stories etc.

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Columbia, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

This is a unique museum with art works that were not necessarily produced by trained artists. Some of it could be called folk art. Other pieces could be described as works by people who see the world differently from most of us. You'll encounter all sorts of fun exhibits from moving robots and toys to a giant poodle on wheels... More 

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Columbia, MD USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

When you come to Baltimore, don't forget to seek out and enjoy the American Visionary Art Museum. What a wild place! We have been there many times and have enjoyed every visit as much as the last. It is facinating to see art that isn't strictly your basic museum stuff (Rembrandt, Picasso, etc.). There is an impressive exhibit on art... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

The exhibits here range from mechanical toys, to cult memorabilia, to Jimi Hendrix watercolors, and more.The museum itself isn't very large, and should take roughly 1-1.5 hrs to complete. It is truly a bizarre cluster of things, but it is all entertaining and well worth the trip at least once.

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