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American Visionary Art Museum
American Visionary Art Museum

American Visionary Art Museum

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800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 244-1900
http://www.avam.org/
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The American Visionary Art Museum is a unique, critically acclaimed art venue and a great stop for any visitor to Baltimore. The museum hosts shows organized by theme rather than by artist and strives ... Read more
to step out of the accepted art canon displayed at many American museums. The U.S. Congress unanimously voted the American Visionary Art Museum "the official national education center, repository and museum for self-taught, intuitive artistry." You do not need an education in art history to appreciate the exhibition at the American Visionary Art Museum, which tries to speak the human condition rather than to the art establishment.

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Chichester, UK

Celebrating works of art by self taught artists, a quirky museum full of out of the ordinary art. Definitely not your usual type of museum, slightly out of the way in the Federal Hill area and not free but a really cool place to visit.

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Long Beach, California

This museum is if anything unique. It lacks to stiff vibe of a traditional museum and replaces it with fun.

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Elkton, Maryland, USA

An interesting place to see unique art work that is not your typical type. These pieces are sure to wow you.

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Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, USA

The thing I love most about this museum is the name "American Visionary Art Museum." This museum is a temple of unabashed creative energy unlike anywhere else in the state. I interpret "visionary" to mean "eccentric" in the most endearing way! This museum constantly showcase inventive and daring art from local and international artist alike.

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Local from Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Despite the museum not being free, as many in Baltimore now are, American Visionary Art Museum (or AVAM) is by far my favorite place to look at art. The artists whose work adorns the walls of this four story museum have a few things in common--they are self-taught (not professionally trained) and all have such colorful, moving and compelling stories. You'll find everything from colorful folk art inspired by Holocaust survivors, to fine art created by individuals suffering from mental illness. To top it off, the museum is sprinkled with mosaics of broken and sparkling glass, with a glowing message of LOVE along it's exterior. They also show free movies on the hill monthly throughout summer, projecting these against the side of the building.

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Local from Baltimore, MD

LOVE this place. This was the first museum membership I purchased when I came to Baltimore, and I haven't been disappointed.

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Love the museum and the stories behind the pieces. Rebecca Hoffberger is a genius!!

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Ellicott City, Maryland, USA

AVAM is one of those museums that you're never quite sure what to expect but you're always amazed when you go in. The exhibits are created by artists that are not formally trained, but are by no means amateur. When I went they had an exhibit of diagrams and drawings by Temple Grandin, a famous animal activist. There's also lots of sculpture and installations. What's best is that all the art always has a detailed story; you can easily lose hours in here. Perfect for a rainy day!

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Burns, Kansas

My favorite museum on the planet. Outsider art. Fun, surprising, quirky, amazing!

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Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
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Oh how I adore this crazy, wacky and oddly goofball art museum! This is a place where you can see truly visionary pieces of art on display by mostly self-taught, highly conceptual artists.

Grossly creative, sometimes creepy and always challenging, there will be something here amongst the treasures that you'll discover and enjoy. You will undoubtedly find yourself asking "why the hell does this piece speak to me?" and wondering aloud what is wrong with you when you realize how sick and twisted that sculpture is that you just can't tear your eyes off of.

This place is one of those "you have to see it to believe it" art museums. It's wild, it's wacky, it's slightly disturbing, and heck, it's nearly indescribable. The American Visionary Art Museum is truly a one of a kind and really embodies the spirit of Baltimore. I love this place so much. And don't even get me started on the freaky deaky gift shop! You could buy birthday and Christmas presents for me here in perpetuity and I'd be a happy little camper.

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Brisbane, Australia

Right next to Federal Hill park the American Visionary Art Museum is a unique stop, and one I would recommend. You are unlikely to see anything quite like it. The outside design is eclectic and fun, which only gets you ready for what is inside.

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Sydney, Australia

Best art museum I have ever been too.

If you happen to visit on the same time as the opening night for the outdoor movies, entry to the museum is free. And there's also the option for all-you-can-drink beer for $10 on opening night, too. Great boutique beer.

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San Ramon, California, USA

This is the most wonderfully unique museum I have ever been to. Words don't do it justice just go and experience it for yourself.

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Local from Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Probably one of the best museums in Baltimore for adults and kids alike. Full of amazing and quirky art with rotating exhibitions so it's always changing!

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Burns, Kansas

Fun wacky museum, great place for Art lovers and children.

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Brooklyn

Great museum!! Fun, interesting and inspirational

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Phoenix

Don't miss this museum. Fabulous inside and out!!

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