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American Visionary Art Museum

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Address: 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230-3940
Phone Number: 410-244-1900
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Be prepared for the unusual and imaginative at this museum housing works by...

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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Best Museum inBaltimore

Never gets old! This museum is a gem and always is engaging. has the best gift shop in town and best vegan/ vegetarian food in Baltimore. Excellent views, staff, food and bar... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Baltimore, Maryland
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Never gets old! This museum is a gem and always is engaging. has the best gift shop in town and best vegan/ vegetarian food in Baltimore. Excellent views, staff, food and bar. Museum is enthralling. Great lunches, brunches and dinners. Go!

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a bit of a strange place, with very, very modern art, much of which is hard to understand. However, it's a small museum and can be explored pretty quickly. It's a popular event venue as well, and museum admission is often free to event attendees.

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very confusing to get from one building to the next. Not much info to guide as to how to maximize the visit.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Museums aren't for all, but this one is a hit with any visitor we have had to the DC-Baltimore area, even the exterior mosaics glimmer, but I do miss the mosaic bus that graced the entrance. The Special Exhibit on Hope, especially the compelling story of the House that Herman Built and Early Bird by Munz-Losch were entrancing. There are... More 

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Uncasville, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

A nice place to visit on a very hot day. While we got some relief from the heat we got to see some wonderfully innovative art work and sculptures. So glad we went in!

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Northport, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A small/mid sized art museum dedicated to the odd and creative. Nice, interesting material, nothing risque so kids are ok. Be sure to check out the third building for some neat exhibits.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not your fathers museum! Topics are challenging and the approach is very modern. Lots of unique uses of many media types. Explores crime and art, mental health and art, friendship and art and any other topic you can think of. Well worth it. I went on a Sunday afternoon and parking was easy peasy, drove right up and... More 

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Okayama, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A very different art museum that is worth your time. Art comes in all shapes, sizes, styles, and is evident at this museum. The creativity that is displayed throughout the 3 floors leaves one in thought of what a beautiful piece of art is. Photos were not allowed except for a few select pieces. There is a second warehouse next... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The art you see here is not like the usual museum. All artists are self-taught and a lot of the art is the type of thing you wouldn't see in an art gallery (for example, a large model of the Lusitania made entirely out of matchsticks). It is all interesting and the stories of the artists are fascinating.

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La Linea de la Concepcion, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have been to many museums around the world, and this might be my favorite. The art is different, thought-provoking, and inspiring. The pieces come from "accidental artists", people without formal training but who have important stories to tell - people with mental health disorders, disabilities, who come from extreme poverty, etc. You should spend time reading the artist bios... More 

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