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“Totally Unique Museum, Baltimore's Best”

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 January 20, 2013

I can't help but rave over the wonderful qualities of the American Visionary Art Museum. It's like nothing I've seen before and an absolute must if you visit Baltimore. The museum is loaded with the works of self-taught artists, many of whom excel in their crafts, and some of whom have really unique world views. You can also view examples of Baltimore's local art, particularly screen paintings and entries into the annual kinetic sculpture race. The current special exhibition "The Art of Storytelling: Lies, Enchantment, Humor, and Truth" is excellent, particularly the wonderful embroidery art of Esther Krinitz, which tell a story of the holocaust and the disintegration of her Jewish village in Poland during the 1940's. We always enjoy the glittery bling sculpture (incorporating mosaics of mirrors and jewels) which is distributed throughout the museums two buildings and grounds. The museum shop is also quite unusual with wonderful works of visionary art, unusual publications, and dime store tricks. There is a restaurant, Mr. Rain's Fun House, on the top floor of the museum with a great view of Baltimore harbor. Metered parking is easily available on the street next to the museum.

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Reviewed January 19, 2013

This exhibit was so much fun and used so many takes on storytelling. I'm so glad I saw it and experienced the space of the AVAM and its gift shop. Worth the price of admissions and parking for sure.

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Reviewed January 17, 2013

Definitely different and very creative. Eye dazzling inside and out. I want to go back! Exhibits change fairly frequently-and are indoors as well as outside. Even the building has been decorated with mosaic type displays. The gift shop is great as well.

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Reviewed January 16, 2013

We visited the AVAM with our 10 y.o. child. We had done the aquarium and ship tours in the Inner Harbor on previous visits, and a friend recommended the AVAM because we had a couple of hours to kill in the Inner Harbor area. We all enjoyed it. It has a good number of quirky sculptures that our son really enjoyed. This is a good place to visit if you're looking to do something a little different and have a couple of hours. The cafe looked cute, but we had already eaten, so I can't rate it.

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Reviewed January 15, 2013

It's a great place to walk through and check out. There's a lot to see, and a lot of variety of things to see. A really pleasant destination on a lazy day off work. No photos, unfortunately, but so it goes.

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