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American Visionary Art Museum
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Art, newly defined
Apr 23, 2015 by: Martha B from Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The American Visionary Art Museum exhibits the creative work of individuals who were never trained as artists. The stories of the artists are fascinating, and their paintings and sculptures are dynamic and thought-provoking. Plan to spend a couple of hours absorbing the exhibits, and be sure to visit the Jim Rouse building, which displays kinetic sculpture (much more fun than the name implies!)
One of my favorite museums in the world
Apr 21, 2015 by: thebiglion from Charlottesville, Virginia
This incredible, wonderful museum is not for everyone. But if you have joy in your heart, are open to more than the mainstream, have a desire to see art in a different way then by all means go and spend some time here. Most of the exhibits are permanent but they do have some that change. You can get a pretty good meal, though I think overpriced a bit here and the eating space is cool too as you can look at eye level to an very, very big whirligig. Its certainly the coolest museum gift shop ever too. Look at their website to get a glimpse of what this place is about, but by all means go and experience this place. Metered street parking is close so bring quarters. Beyond just the museum they do movies in the park during the summer and a fantastical Spring "race" through Baltimore that has to be seen to be believed. I love this place so much that I always keep a membership even though I live 4 hours away.
My happy place
Apr 20, 2015 by: Kathleen R from Midlothian, Virginia, United States
My teenage daughter and I love this museum which is dedicated to outsider art. We've been several times. My other daughter (12) doesn't like it, however. This museum is for open-minded visitors who want to peak into the psyches of those who have an urge to express themselves, but no training including mental patients, folk artists and prisoners. Don't miss the sheds with the floats and whirligigs. Save time for this gift shop, which is crammed with unique items.
Just not our thing
Apr 18, 2015 by: JoAnn70820 from Baton Rouge, Louisiana
What was there was very well done, it was just not our kind of art. I would not recommend this museum unless you really, really like quirky art. It's the only thing there. Definitely there were people there who enjoyed the exhibits. We browsed a bit quickly. Once again the free Charm City buses will take you almost right to the door. On the way back we walked, just a little, to catch the free Harbor Connector boat to ride across the harbor to our hotel. Love these little harbor boats, both the free ones and the admission Water Taxis.
Unique Experience !!
Apr 15, 2015 by: Asad I from
If you are in the Baltimore Inner Harbor area this museum is a must go. The pieces here are unique. We attended a wedding and then went through the museum. The kids loved it. Great Family Fun !
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