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“Not to be missed!”

American Visionary Art Museum
Ranked #5 of 243 things to do in Baltimore
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 16, 2011

This museum is enchanting, hilarious, moving, and inspiring. The art pieces are treasures, but the accompanying stories of the artists make them memorable. Lovers of traditional art will appreciate the talent on display and non-art lovers will be astounded at the diversity of "art." You will be amazed!

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Reviewed August 12, 2011

This is the best Museum ever.

Every time, I am in Baltimore - I make a conscious effort to visit the AVAM -
The most wonderful thing - they have at this museum every year is the Kinetic Sculpture Race.

If you are in the area for that - be a spectator or volunteer! Absolutely amazing!!!

Thank souriez438
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Reviewed August 10, 2011

Not your father's museum. Unique, occasionally troubling, fascinating, colorful, thought-provoking.

Dragged my wife to this late in the day after a long day of traveling and inner harbor sightseeing. Walked there from the Science Museum.

Found something interesting before we even got inside - the decorated bus outside. Went to get tickets and were immediately distracted by the display of old-school steel lunch boxes - had fun pointing out the kids which ones I had growing up.

Lots of different media, three buildings worth of fun. The last building was setting up for a wedding. Some of it was beautiful, some amazingly intricate and mechanical, some humorous, some adolescent, but it was all worth seeing. Yes, after a long day, the bench covered with whoopie cushions made us laugh.

Negatives - no pictures. Some of the art may be questionable for younger kids.

Positives - you won't see anything like it. We had some great discussions with the kids as it prompted them to think about different stuff. Relatively inexpensive. Not crowded.

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Reviewed August 7, 2011

The American Visionary Museum has one of the mose ecclectic collections we have ever seen. From toys aplenty to serious collections of works done by artists who were truly unique, we would say that any trip to Baltimore would be incomplete without a visit. One pet peeve however - no photographs. We would have loved to take some safe flashless pictures for our scrapbook.

Thank bookbuff73
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Reviewed August 6, 2011

This is one of my favorite museums in the world, and I'm so lucky that it's in my city. This is not your "typical" art museum. The AVAM is responsible for the kinetic sculpture race, which to quote their web site, is: "A race of wacky, imaginative, totally human powered works of art designed to travel on land, through mud, and over deep harbor waters constructed out of used bicycles, gears, and parts, created by a lunatic genius who tinkers around in the garage or backyard." So just imagine what the art is like.

Make sure to READ the wall texts!!! In some cases, the artist's biography is more interesting than their art, or it gives you a totally different perspective on the piece. There's a permanent collection on the first floor, but the main exhibitions are themed, and change every fall- so you'll want to keep coming back. Don't miss checking out the outdoor barn and exhibits (say hi to Fifi, the pink poodle.) Mr. Rain's Fun House, the museum restaurant, has a great menu- if it's a nice day, eat outside for a great view of the whirligig.

I feel like I haven't adequately described it, but I don't think you really can. Just go with an open mind and enjoy!

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