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American Visionary Art Museum

American Visionary Art Museum

Art Museum, Museum, and Art Gallery
Federal Hill - Montgomery, Baltimore
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    Bridget I.
    "Awesome "sideshow" gift shop!"(4 Tips)
    "Go to AVAM for the Kinetic Sculpture Race!"(3 Tips)
    betsy m.
    "Amazing! Fabulous exhibit and quirky gift shop."(2 Tips)
    Dizzie T.
    "artsy displays"(2 Tips)
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  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronSeptember 9, 2012
    This new age art museum has bunch of young artist doing a more 3-d effect on art. It had a nice gift shop with tons to choose from. 3 floors and another separate area. Cost 14$ def do once
  • Anne S.heart icon on user image
    Anne Scanlan-bermanAugust 13, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    For kids: The kinetic sculpture exhibit in the 2nd building; the flatulence installation downstairs in the main building; and the tree house outside near the barn.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WeinsteinMay 13, 2017
    Try to catch a docent tour. One of my favorite museums anywhere. Make friends with your fellow Baltimore visitors. It's a gem here.
  • N ~.heart icon on user image
    N ~February 20, 2017
    Art, paintings, and sculptures are fun to observe here. You could spend couple hours at this place and have interesting and fun conversations with your +1 or group.
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    A wonderland of non-traditional art and one of our favorite places on Earth (Felice is also the Education Coordinator, regularly hosting cool workshops and events. Read more
  • Carmen N.heart icon on user image
    Carmen NMarch 25, 2017
    Super fun, enticing, interesting, sometimes challenging pieces.
  • Zile D.heart icon on user image
    Zile DzenitisJune 7, 2018
    Make sure you stop by the museum shop before leaving. Equally entertaining and very affordable surprises to make friends and family smile.
  • Ebbie A.
    Ebbie AlfreeJuly 27, 2013
    Amazing museum! The ship made of toothpicks is one of the most creative, interesting, FANTASTIC piece of art I've ever seen!
  • Stina P.
    Stina P.March 17, 2016
    This museum is one of the best things to see in Baltimore. Quirky gift shop and fantastic exhibits!
  • Madm F.heart icon on user image
    Madm FiaAugust 16, 2014
    Great indoor and outdoor wacky found object art. This gift shop is good and cheap too.
  • Maryland
    MarylandAugust 4, 2011
    AVAM is fully dedicated to untrained artists. Thursdays in the Summer are “free flick on the hill” nights! Plus free admission to AVAM the 2 hours before and during the movie!
  • Writer T.
    Writer TyJune 11, 2013
    I have been to many art museums... Love the creativity and whimsy of the AVAM. Great way to introduce grown up museums to children. So much eye candy.
  • Dizzie T.heart icon on user image
    Dizzie TotFebruary 12, 2014
    i love the concept of recycling and art. Gave me new ideas to do things! try the restaurant just beside it-mr rains house, awesome food and artsy displays
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    Every May, AVAM organizes the KINETIC SCULPTURE RACE which takes over the city as these vehicles make their way through water, sand, mud and the streets of Baltimore! Read more
  • Ricardo R.heart icon on user image
    Ricardo RodriguezMarch 28, 2015
    Crazy and very unique art. Not many places like this around the country. If passing through Baltimore must stop in.
  • Baltimore Maryland M.
    The first Saturday in May, AVAM holds the Kinetic Sculpture Race. Daring souls race their peddle-powered creations around the city and into the Harbor. Not to be missed!
  • The Baltimore Sun
    The Baltimore SunSeptember 20, 2012
    You never know what to expect at the AVAM. Discover a shady nook in the sculpture garden, then browse through artsy treasures at the gift shop, Sideshow. See more:
  • Rachel L.
    Rachel LSeptember 15, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Maybe the coolest museum I've ever been to. Make sure to check out all three buildings. The artists work will amaze you.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LeisFebruary 20, 2020
    great space and really evocative art. Perfect for a 1.5-2 hour visit.
  • betsy m.heart icon on user image
    betsy mApril 26, 2015
    Amazing! Fabulous exhibit and quirky gift shop. Some original work available too
  • Chaundraheart icon on user image
    ChaundraAugust 4, 2017
    An eclectic mix from artists with no formal training. Well curated and always interesting.
  • Thierry J.
    Thierry JeanMay 3, 2017
    NeaCera® Terra-cotta Rainscreen Solutions have been specified by progressive architectural firms such as HOK. Website:
  • Todd K.heart icon on user image
    Todd KunaDecember 4, 2019
    Kitschy museum full of eclectic modern art, much with a ecological emphasis.
  • Nelle S.
    Nelle SomervilleDecember 31, 2009
    Quite possibly the best gift shop in Baltimore. Ted is an expert in charming, clever gifts. I see something new every time I enter. The museum is one of the best for special events in the city with a Read more
  • Baltimore Maryland
    Baltimore MarylandOctober 13, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Stop by the museum's gift show, The Sideshow. It's amazingly wonderful and weird. Perfect for holiday gift shopping.
  • Amnesty International B.
    Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
  • Baltimore Maryland
    Baltimore MarylandJuly 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    FREE!! The exterior of the American Visionary Art Museum is almost as interesting as what you'll find inside. The building is surrounded by unique and curious sculptures.
  • Andrew E.heart icon on user image
    Andrew ErmanOctober 15, 2017
    The membership is a great deal for a family of 4.
  • Leandro L.heart icon on user image
    Leandro LageraJune 6, 2016
    Always found this place somewhat creepy. But I do like several of the pieces found inside. Mad respect.
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    Renovated schoolhouse with gallery spaces offering workshops for those interested in experimenting in a new medium. Read more
  • Allison K.heart icon on user image
    Allison KasicOctober 24, 2016
    Such a unique and enjoyable museum!
  • Amnesty International B.
    We will smile when no one shall be held in slavery or servitude and when slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.
  • Mary E.heart icon on user image
    Mary EnglandOctober 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You can always get into the (best ever) gift shop for free!
  • Liz L.
    Liz LoshikianSeptember 25, 2013
    Cool things to see but its really a quick walk through and not really worth it in my opinion.
  • Katrina L.heart icon on user image
    Katrina LeiterAugust 5, 2012
    One of the coolest art museums, ever! I <3 this place. (PS: great gift shop too!)
  • Baltimore
    BaltimoreSeptember 21, 2011
    Voted Best Place to take Out-of-Town Visitors by City Paper for Best of Baltimore 2011
  • Wendy R.
    Wendy RosenSeptember 5, 2010
    My favorite museum in the world! The best museum gift shop I've ever seen... take a pre-teen or an adult! Read more
  • Kitchenboy
    KitchenboyApril 14, 2012
    Great gem of B'more. The cafe upstairs serves very good food.
  • DDogheart icon on user image
    DDogNovember 22, 2009
    Been here 5+ times
    Even if you've already seen the year's exhibition, the shop is a great place to find gifts for quirky people (including yourself). Also, don't miss the kinetic sculpture race. Read more
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica SantascoyAugust 4, 2011
    get lunch to go & eat in sculpture garden, see the pink poodle in the Center next to garden.
  • shuran W.heart icon on user image
    shuran WangMarch 27, 2017
    Full of surprises. I love it
  • Dale X.
    Dale XanderMarch 26, 2014
    Watch your step on the wooden sculpture in the back. #stairs
  • Jackie D.
    Jackie DimetroAugust 26, 2011
    Free!!! So much fun. It was a great visual experience. Love the big fluffy poodle!
  • Brian S.heart icon on user image
    Brian SoperJuly 8, 2017
    Blue Star Museum- Free for Military;-)
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren ScimeMarch 15, 2010
    Check out the weird outsider art exhibitions. Totally a fun experience and unlike any art museum I've ever seen. Read more
  • Anna
    AnnaDecember 3, 2009
    Go after 4pm on Saturdays and the prices are reduced. Make your way up to the Joy America Cafe for their made-in-front-of-you guacamole. Read more
  • Yuri B.
    Yuri BMarch 15, 2014
    Gift shop has incredible selection of Moleskin notebooks.
  • Mai
    MaiAugust 20, 2013
    Awesome for an inner city wedding theme !
  • Kristi C.
    Kristi CulbrethJune 26, 2012
    If you're a student, make sure you have that ID with you. Five bucks cheaper.
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