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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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An amazing exerience

Our Daughter suggested that we must go to this museum while visiting her in Baltimore - it is one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had at a gallery in many years. I had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2013
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Victoria, Canada
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Victoria, Canada
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49 reviews 49 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Our Daughter suggested that we must go to this museum while visiting her in Baltimore - it is one of the most enjoyable experiences I have had at a gallery in many years. I had anticipated "installations" or very "modern" art, neither of which I particularly like but the amazing presentation of so may artists was fantastic. Well worth your... More 

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Indiana, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed visiting this museum. In fact, it was the reason my husband and I visited Baltimore's Inner harbor. The art work at this museum is quirky, inspiring, and fun.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

I really love this museum, as it's not your ordinary art museum! Their gift shop is really wacky and fun! I never grow tired of visiting :) Even bought a membership!

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Lexington MA
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

A gem of a museum, wonderful eclectic mix of unexpected art ranging from the profane (a farting post) to the profound. Could have spent half a day, at least

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

I enjoy art, am married to an artist, appreciate art, BUT usually after four or five hours want to do something else. I spent three Days at the AVAM! This should say it all. Amazing creativity and ingenuity. Love it and will definitely go back

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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

Highly interesting museum full of art from people I had not heard of but who created some of the most interesting and more importantly thought-provoking pieces I've seen. These are not trained artists but self-taught or self-inspired individuals. The most inspiring pieces were the fabric applique/needlework pieces from a Jewish woman who recounted World War II's impact on her and... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013 via mobile

Drove up to Baltimore to visit this museum on a sunny Saturday morning in June. Easy couple of turns off BW Parkway, and we found on-street (metered) parking as their website promised. My 14yo daughter and I found the Art of Storytelling exhibit to be thought-provoking and touching, and we found the permanent collection intriguing, quirky, and fun. Beautiful campus,... More 

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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2013

This unusual museum may be the hardest to describe yet. It is identified as a collection of “self-taught, intuitive artistry”(quoting from their information sheet at the entrance), so I guess I will go with that. Do not expect names you know but be prepared to be entertained with offerings that range from thought-provoking and heart rending to quirky and laugh... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

The art is unique and quirky. You can eventually get bogged down by all the different variations of the same thing by more classically trained artists in other museums. This offered such a different perspective and it was far more enjoyable to read about these pieces and their artists. The restaurant was also very good; a bit pricey but worth... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

This museum is populated by eye-popping, visually engaging artwork that will have broad appeal for young and old alike. While the themes informing the work are often "mature" there is little that would scare or startle a child and older visitors will appreciate the creativity on exhibit. The relatively small space makes the museum an easy effort for art education.

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