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“Fun and Inspiring”

American Visionary Art Museum
Ranked #9 of 208 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 July 23, 2013

There is something for all ages at this museum. I recommend that parents planning activities for their children during a week-end in Baltimore include this on their itinerary. Its a feast for the eyes and the mind.

Thank Lynne B
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

There's nothing like this back home! Really a fun museum experience. One exhibit included a Mae West quote on a wall: “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” What’s not to like about excess, kitsch, folk art, tramp art, and more.

Thank MOTraveler01
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

We've been here many times, and it's always wonderful. There is no place like it. This time, we took time to read the biographies of many artists, and it was inspiring. The newest exhibits were out of this world. We always tell our friends about this wonderful place. Every trip to Baltimore includes a visit here.

Our only complaint is about the gift shop. When the museum first opened, the items were tastefully and carefully selected, and were relevant to the exhibits. But, in recent years, it's turned into more of a kiddie-goth-five-and-dime. It's overstuffed with too many tacky trinkets. We'd like to see it get back to its original idea.

Thank Antoine J
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

I am not into folk art so I did not expect to enjoy this museum - I was sure wrong. This is an amazing place. Though not having any formal art training, these artists created truly wonderful and interesting art. There is information about each artist that adds to the impact of the art since many of the artists have had difficult life experiences (mental disorders, homelessness, etc.) Much of the art was just plain fun too. There is art at every turn. The gift shop is amazing. In my opinion, this is one museum that everyone should go to at least once in their lifetime - a not to miss gem.

Thank Jeffrey C
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

We went to the Art center yesterday partially to escape the heat and still enjoy new things in Baltimore. It was easy to get to close to the inner harbor area. The outside is really neat with al the colors and decoupage of mirrors. The price is ok. Kids and students get a break. $16 FOR ADULTS MIGHT BE A LITTLE MUCH BUT IF YOUA RE WORRIED ABOUT IT IT IS A NON PROFIT PLACE, I THINK? There are three levels to the facility not counting the basement where you will find a ladies room and mens room with the fART display in between the two. It is a self guided tour although you can pay to have a guide All art is labeled with a biography about the artist and the name of the art so really if you take a little time you will have your questions answered. There was much modern art in the center that held my wife and I's interest as well as our 16 year old daughters and we did see other high school age kids there that seemed to be enjoying it. the art spectrum was all over. From modern, to psychedelic to a tapestry life history of a Jewish women that went through the Holocaust. A video of her and her sister explaining the tapestries was well worth watching. This was a very good art exhibit and would recommend it to the casual art person. It is no Louvre but worth the time on a hot day. Oh there are no photos allowed. So leave your camera behind unless you want one outside or in the art garden.

Thank sabastian69
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