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American Visionary Art Museum

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Neighbourhood: Federal Hill
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Address: 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230
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+1 410-244-1900
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 18:00
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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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Visionary--says it all

What a marvelous surprise this turned out to be. Visually, every exhibit proved more interesting than the previous one. The visionary artists who created these insightful... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
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Washingon, DC
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Washingon, DC
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

What a marvelous surprise this turned out to be. Visually, every exhibit proved more interesting than the previous one. The visionary artists who created these insightful presentations superbly demonstrated their inner talents. And because so much is sculpture, the tactile senses were not ignored. A fun way to enjoy creative expression. And it's close to the Inner Harbor as well!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 235 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This art museum specializes in non-traditional folk-type art. Many pieces are done by untrained artists so there is a strong naivete among the pieces. Expect to be charmed as well as "what the?" which of course can also be charming.

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Kiato, Greece
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I am one of them, but this was one of the most different museums that I have ever visited.Laughed many times, brilliantly,learned things that I had no thought about anywhere and saw work from artist with other view.One of the places to go when visiting the Baltimore.

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Niles, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After seeing every museum in DC we were bored but took a chance with the visual museum and loved it. There was so much to see and do. Seriously one of my favorite places I went to. Art made of tooth picks, stairs that have peepholes, and another building with a Divine statue. My teenage son loved it too and... More 

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Huntington Woods, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one of my favorite museums in the world. This means a lot since I've visited 90 countries and 49 states where I structure my trips around art museums. I've also visited le Musee de l'art brut in Lausanne, Switzerland, the model for this museum. This was my fourth visit in as many trips. The museum is refreshing because... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Give credit to the Baltimore woman who financed and created this museum. Located in a former whiskey distillery building, this museum can be funky, or kitschy or modern. It is busy. It is not a place of tranquility. If you are into art that is made from various objects, sculpture, "larger than life birds and nests", glittery mirror objects and... More 

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Gulfport, Mississippi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved it - just wish I had more time to explore it. Will return again on my next trip to Baltimore as my hour and a half here were just not enough to explore and appreciate it! Some crazy stuff that is well worth seeing! You can easily walk here from Federal Hill Park as well.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can spend a few hours getting lost in the really amazing artwork on display here. It is slightly off the beaten path but encompasses two buildings of absolute coolness. Go and enjoy.

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Downingtown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A must do when in Baltimore. We had such a great time in the museum as well as the restaurant. Many creative pieces that will impress.

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Leavenworth, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I just recently went to the American Visionary Art Museum, and their new exhibit: Yumm! was really interesting. The artists they brought in have a very creative perspective on food and how we interact with it in our lives. I highly recommend checking it out if you get the chance.

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