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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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Funky art!

We visited this art museum 20 years ago and it has changed! Now there's more buildings and outdoor sculptures. We love than its not just paintings on canvas, but such unique... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited this art museum 20 years ago and it has changed! Now there's more buildings and outdoor sculptures. We love than its not just paintings on canvas, but such unique pieces created by people who have struggled in their lives. They are willing to share their stories which adds a perspective to their art that one would not likely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a wild, fun, sometimes silly sometimes serious museum; I brought my boys (4 and 6) here as an introduction to museums, and now their impression is that art museums are fun and interesting not dull. There are also art classes that have been a delight to attend (including for my boys), and the museum shop is wonderful and... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum consists of art by "amateur" artists, but that description really does not do it justice. Many of the artists are very gifted individuals who, for various reasons, did not receive formal training in art. But do not be fooled - the artwork displayed is topnotch, although some of it is a bit offbeat. If you have an open... More 

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Vancouver, WA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I visited AVAM on a Sunday at the height of tourist season and it wasn't crowded at all. This is a gym of a museum that apparently is not well-known. The art is amazing – a lot of mixed media all crested by self-taught artists. "Our Big Hope Show" can't be described (or photo-graphed) and is worth the visit. Read... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I'm a big fan of art but I don't know much. So I was really impressed with their collection and the way they explain the art exposed there. It's was easy to understand for someone like me. And I just loved that they seemed to chose only artists that has some kind of different conditions or that had been trough... More 

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have not been here since it opened 20 years ago and it is just as much fun as I recall. Brought our kids this time who overall really enjoyed it. Such an eclectic array of art!

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Outside sculptures are free and very intriguing. Panels depicting scenes from the Book of Genesis inside a venue hall are truly unique.

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Baltimore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Not your ordinary art museum. The art was very abstract, inventing, out of the ordinary. I thought it was very visually stimulating.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I am one of those people that touches everything. I can't help it. I don't feel like I've fully experienced something until I've touched it. This is one museum that lets you be tactile with some of the piece. On top of that there's some cool art in there!

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Pasadena, MD
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Approaching the museum, you will be astounded by the exterior mirrored decorations, the mobiles, the garden, etc. Inside is even more different. You have to be there to appreciate it. July and August - 5 to 9 PM - Admission is free and well worth the price.

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