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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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A very different museum

The art (in so very many forms) was made by persons who were institutionalized in different facilities (asylums, prisons, etc.). Very interesting.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Phylzy
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Dover, Delaware
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Annapolis, Maryland
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Ok, so I love art museums and I've spent many hours in art museums around the world. I'm from Annapolis and have heard many good things about this particular museum, but when I went last Saturday, I was very underwhelmed. The museum is in a great location in Federal Hill, right across the street from the actual Hill. My favorite... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The art (in so very many forms) was made by persons who were institutionalized in different facilities (asylums, prisons, etc.). Very interesting.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is an amazing collection of remarkable art with interesting artist stories. The starving Artist restaurant is excellent too.

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Manalapan, NJ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was ....weird. Some of the exhibitions were interesting while others were not really. I liked the sculptures in a separate building. I am glad we went on Thursday evening when it's free.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 237 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 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 1 week 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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Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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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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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