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American Visionary Art Museum
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American Visionary Art Museum Admission
Ranked #7 of 247 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 October 15, 2013

stimulating, different perspective, must see!
go to baltimore art museum, the walters art gallery , and the the visionary--guarantee it will set your mind spinning--"what is art?" must be experienced. "outsider art" is more accepted now, but was not so when rebecca meyerhoff had the "vision" to establish this institution .
unique gift shop and good restaurant.
a baltimore destination --at the harbor.

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

This is not your grandpa's art museum! It's full of weird and wonderful stuff created by people whose back stories are as interesting as their work. The Visionary is a national treasure and a must see! Check out their website because there are often fun events: like the Kinetic Scupture Race or Sock Monkey Making workshops or free movie on the hill.
If you can't afford the admission fee or you get there when the museum is closed here are two tips:
1. Check out the awesome gift shop (it's free to just go shop) it's full of fun gifts, books, shrunken heads, visionary art, wigs, mustache tattoos and random Doo-Dads and whatchamacallits.
2. Check out the Fantabulous restaurant: Mr. Rain's Funhouse! If the weather is nice, ask for the balcony seating and get a great view. It is also free to go to the restaurant and they are open at night on the weekends, when the museum is closed. Be sure to check out the hilarious postings in the bathrooms and definitely order the "lumpia" when it's on the menu. Their menu changes, but one of the owners is Filipino so sometimes there are Filipino inspired dishes. But I don't recommend the adobo fried chicken - hopefully they are refining this recipe!
If there is one art museum you have time to visit here is my advice: go to...
1. the Visionary for Outsider Art or people who like reading about the lives of interesting people.
2. Free: The Walters if you like ancient art - great greek sculptures & Egyptian mummies!
3. Free: The Baltimore Museum of art for modern art - great Matisse collection!

Thank BmoreChica
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Reviewed October 14, 2013 via mobile

Great, but half the place was under renovations. We paid and THEN they told us the upstairs was closed. However, the best museum gift shop! Just ask questions because they're not being forthcoming at the front desk. I'd give it a better site rating, but didn't get to see upstairs.

Thank WacoWoody
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Unique fun art is a joy to the eyes. Explore 2 buildings & a wonderfully playful garden. Untrained artists explore their creative visions in fanciful art that will make you smile. Also, the museum has n unusual gift shop & wonderful restaurant!

Thank sunsmilemom
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Reviewed October 14, 2013

Every part of every exhibit held my interest. The hard part was to pull myself away from one piece of art to view the next piece; and the art was everywhere: inside, outside, on the walls, in the middle of the room...Curators did an excellent job to bring an eclectic mix of American art into viewing spaces that were unique. Its location across from Federal Hill adds to its appeal, allowing one to enjoy an outdoor experience and obtain some indoor culture.

Thank clo2013
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