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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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What a funky place!

I never use the word funky and try and avoid over using the word cool. But this could be the coolest funkyest museum on the planet its bright,vibrant, quirky, fun and sometimes a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I never use the word funky and try and avoid over using the word cool. But this could be the coolest funkyest museum on the planet its bright,vibrant, quirky, fun and sometimes a little sad when you read some of the exhibitors stories A must see YOU CAN EVEN GET MARRIED THERE !

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Eugene, Oregon
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162 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I found the prior reviews of this museum tantalizing. Any museum that has a fart exhibit has to be seen to be believed! What we found most fascinating were the wonderful pieces created by self-taught artists with the sort of backgrounds, hardships and disabilities that would defeat the creative spirit in most people. Interactive artworks, complicated creations with many moving... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The fee to enter this museum is steep, but worth it. The museum features art produced by self-taught individuals (sometimes called outsider art, intuitive art, raw art, or art brut). It's wacky, wild, intelligent and inspiring always. And if you think you know what a museum gift shop looks like, this will rock your world. In terms of what's featured... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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183 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We happened upon this museum during a day in Baltimore. We didn't know what to expect going in, but found our time spent there to be fun filled and quite enjoyable. Not the normal somber mode of a normal museum, very fun and some light hearted exhibits as well! If you don't take yourself too seriously you will find it... More 

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Grosse Pointe, Michigan
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is a hoot off the wall whimsy at every turn and a great gift shop from Uncle Fun for you Chicagoans

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White Plains, New York
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35 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I visited this museum as part of a field trip in high school and have been anxiously awaiting another trip to Baltimore ever since. This museum is unique and allows the visitor to really see the world from a perspective that may be very different from what he/she is used to. Lived up to my memories and can't wait for... More 

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Netanya, Israel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A museum showing primitive art. We thoroughly enjoyed the visit and the varied exhibits which were interesting and fun and sometimes even moving.

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Fulton, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I visited on a weekday afternoon and hardly anyone was at the museum. The exhibits were interesting and, as other reviewers have described, "quirky"; however, not really our thing! One of the floors was closed because they were getting ready for a new exhibit. It does not take long to go through the museum; depending in your... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had no idea what I was getting into until I opened the door. Very interesting art. Paintings and hands on attractions. Quirky and campy types of themes. It has to be if Miss Divine is there in larger than life pose.

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Baltimore, United States
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166 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum is a bit different from what you might be used to. It contains many fascinating items and 'things' not found at your local museum of art. It is located around Baltimore's Inner Harbor, so after finishing here you have many other attractions to visit. There is a restaurant on the top level. It is operated by a local... More 

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