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American Visionary Art Museum

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Address: 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230-3940
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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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A one of a kind place to visit! Lots of arts and crafts and fresh local art to be acknowledged. My absolute fav is the gift shop which includes, books, jewelry and just out and... read more

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Baltimore, Maryland
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11 reviews
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Reviewed yesterday NEW

A one of a kind place to visit! Lots of arts and crafts and fresh local art to be acknowledged. My absolute fav is the gift shop which includes, books, jewelry and just out and out strange stuff. It draws you in to peruse and stay a while. Kudos to this place

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We planned on an hour, but spent much longer. The art is fresh, innovative, fun. I only wish they sold prints of some of my favorites. The gift shop is wonderful, an experience in itself. Consists of two buildings, three stories. Elevator available. Allow at least two hours.

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Sebastopol, California
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Plenty to see and think about with the biographies of the artists included with some of the exhibits.

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Draper, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a very interesting place. Kind of an arts and crafts museum with all sorts of wierd stuff. Like toothpick sculptures, Rube Goldberg apparati etc. Kids will love it and big kids too.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a fantastic museum for lovers of art and humanity of all ages. It's also a great place to take a class or check out the Kinetic Sculpture Race the first Saturday of May! Love it!

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Big fans of outsider art. We were not disappointed. Especially enjoyed Matt Sesow's floor. Spent a couple hours exploring the two buildings and grounds.

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Ocean City, MD
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an interesting museum with a collection of different types of art from mainly the 20th Century and concentrating on pieces made of non standard materials meant to appeal to the eye. For that it does a good job. The problem is that it is in a city where the Baltimore Museum of Art, with one of the best... More 

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Arnold, Maryland
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love Visionary Art as I do this museum is well worth a special trip. It is a bit off the beaten path on the far side of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Parking is not always easy, meters on Key Highway or at the Rusty Scupper Restaurant about a block away. I had not been back for several years and... More 

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North Potomac, Maryland
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tired of a typical museum? Head over to this unique experience! There are no "famous " artists here - just a collection of incredibly talented men and women, many of whom have faced challenging circumstances. Each room contains a kaleidoscope of color, texture, imagination and creativity. There are actually 2 buildings and the 2nd has huge sculptures and other intriguing... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was not on our list when visiting the Inner Harbor but a very friendly Visitor Center agent recommended we visit; my sister and 2 nieces age range from 20-50. So glad we found this unique and inspiring museum! The artwork is beyond the ordinary with thought provoking art work and fun quotes! Be sure to go to the basement... More 

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