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American Visionary Art Museum

800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230 (Federal Hill)
410-244-1900
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Ranked #5 of 158 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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Olney, Maryland
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213 reviews 213 reviews
13 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Open your mind and come to this extraordinary museum, with (as the name says) visionary, creative work...and more than a few displays that are just plan fun (including the amazing moving wood creations in the Annex building). Topping it off...maybe one of the wildest, kitzchiest gift shops you'll ever experience.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I'm not an art person but I went to check it out. It is not the best location because it is located on the other side of the inner harbor. It is not a bad walk on a nice day. It has very nice exhibits and nice staff members. No photography inside.

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Placitas, New Mexico, USA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

"Visionary art" is created by self-taught, often differently abled artists. Many have brain or psychiatric issues, but the art in this museum is wonderful. It is amazing to see what other people see around them. If you're in the Baltimore Inner Harbor area this is a must see.

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Washington DC
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81 reviews 81 reviews
20 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We take all of our out of town visitors here and are never disappointed by their reactions. The museum is a treasure trove of people's passions, quirks, obsessions, and fantasies - the strange, the beautiful, the darkness in us all that gets expressed in wonderfully ingenious folk art. Day of the Dead figures on a carousel. A model of the... More

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Memphis
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

If you're a fan of "folk art" and people who make art out of junk, you'll love this. If you're into more "serious" art, this probably isn't for you. I'll leave it at that.

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Springfield, New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This museum makes you think outside the box. However, it is very stimulating and interesting. I highly recommend for all not only those who have a passion for art. The exhibits really push you to think about the sub consciousness and social issues through visual arts. Not for young children.

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
16 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

We always enjoy a visit to the AVAM and to the gift shop, Sideshow. At risk of seeming prudish, I don't think some of the art / content is a match for younger children but I think it's all fair game for teens and up, and I appreciate the real range of ideas, perspectives and emotions presented by the many... More

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Shenandoah Valley Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This place is very unique... if you like unique American Art you will love it. It is the type of Art that you will be thinking about and talking about for weeks after seeing it.

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Abingdon, Maryland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Be honest and ask yourself if you actually enjoy "modern" art before you spend the money to visit this museum. I do not, and that is why I would not return. Examples of pieces include a pez dispenser collection, a ball made of bras, various things incorporating human hair, and generic landscapes painted on window screens that you can see... More

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Newark, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

This museum has some pretty cool/unique pieces of art. This is why we were attracted to go there. You are not allowed to take photos. Overall, it's worth the affordable price to attend.

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