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American Visionary Art Museum

800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230 (Federal Hill)
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Ranked #7 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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Brooklyn, New York
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

Well curated, outsider art, highly original. Make sure to visit both buildings and outdoor sculpture garden

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Dallas, Texas
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Loved the artwork of the not so famous artists. The space is really just perfect for a big party. Right next to Federal Hill Park. Easy water taxi ride from the inner harbor.

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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Incredibly imaginative and colorful. My favorite art museum in Baltimore, DC area. I can't get enough.

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New Jersey
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146 reviews 146 reviews
83 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

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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159 reviews 159 reviews
45 attraction reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

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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188 reviews 188 reviews
87 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

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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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
19 helpful votes 19 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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