American Visionary Art Museum

American Visionary Art Museum

Art Museum, Museum, and Art Gallery · Federal Hill - Montgomery
800 Key Hwy (at Covington St), Baltimore, MD 21230, United States
Closed until 10:00 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Tue–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
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AVAM is the official national museum and education center for self-taught, intuitive artistry. 3 renovated historic industrial buildings house wonders created by farmers, housewives, mechanics, retired folk, the disabled, the homeless, & the occasional neurosurgeon – all inspired by the fire within!


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    Baltimore Maryland
    "Stop by the museum's gift show, The Sideshow."(4 Tips)
    Baltimore Maryland M.
    "The first Saturday in May, AVAM holds the Kinetic Sculpture Race."(3 Tips)
    Rebekah R.
    "By far one of my top two favorite museums in Baltimore."(2 Tips)
    Ebbie A.
    "ship made of toothpicks"(2 Tips)
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  • Rebekah R.

    The exhibits change out periodically but I highly recommend getting a docent to hear the interesting backstories of the artists. By far one of my top two favorite museums in Baltimore.

  • betsy m.

    Amazing! Fabulous exhibit and quirky gift shop. Some original work available too

    betsy m · April 26
  • Ricardo R.

    Crazy and very unique art. Not many places like this around the country. If passing through Baltimore must stop in.

    Ricardo Rodriguez · March 28
  • Casey M.

    This place is like one big acid trip

    Casey McDermott · November 23, 2014
  • Rachel L.

    Maybe the coolest museum I've ever been to. Make sure to check out all three buildings. The artists work will amaze you.

    Rachel L · September 15, 2014
  • Madm F.

    Great indoor and outdoor wacky found object art. This gift shop is good and cheap too.

    Madm Fia · August 16, 2014
  • Design*Sponge

    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

    Design*Sponge · August 3, 2014
  • Design*Sponge

    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

    Design*Sponge · August 3, 2014
  • Design*Sponge

    Renovated schoolhouse with gallery spaces offering workshops for those interested in experimenting in a new medium. Read more

    Design*Sponge · August 3, 2014
  • Dale X.

    Watch your step on the wooden sculpture in the back. #stairs

    Dale Xander · March 26, 2014
  • Yuri B.

    Gift shop has incredible selection of Moleskin notebooks.

    Yuri B · March 15, 2014
  • Dizzie T.

    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

    Dizzie Tot · February 12, 2014
  • Elvis M.

    Great place

    Elvis Montenegro · January 18, 2014
  • Mary E.

    You can always get into the (best ever) gift shop for free!

    Mary England · October 30, 2013
  • Julia N.

    Free tonight!!

    Julia Neph-Plein · October 30, 2013
  • Azizza D.

    Interesting artwork. It's a free museum, you can't beat that!

    Azizza Davis · October 8, 2013
  • Liz L.

    Cool things to see but its really a quick walk through and not really worth it in my opinion.

    Liz Loshikian · September 25, 2013
  • Sean R.

    Find the chess board, spot the pink elephant.

    Sean Reeser · August 21, 2013
  • Mai

    Awesome for an inner city wedding theme !

    Mai · August 20, 2013
  • Joe E.

    The museum is free on Thursday night!!!

    Joe Eads · August 2, 2013
  • Ebbie A.

    Amazing museum! The ship made of toothpicks is one of the most creative, interesting, FANTASTIC piece of art I've ever seen!

    Ebbie Alfree · July 27, 2013
  • Andrew R.

    Can you find the non-bronze item in the staircase?

    Andrew Rose · July 12, 2013
  • Writer T.

    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.

    Writer Ty · June 11, 2013
  • DJ Ken R.

    Great place to see art.

    DJ Ken Rochon · January 6, 2013
  • The Baltimore Sun

    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:

    The Baltimore Sun · September 20, 2012
  • Erik C.

    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

    Erik Cintron · September 9, 2012
  • Katrina L.

    One of the coolest art museums, ever! I <3 this place. (PS: great gift shop too!)

    Katrina Leiter · August 5, 2012
  • Corey F.

    Flicks on the hill .......

    Corey Frier · July 13, 2012
  • Kristi C.

    If you're a student, make sure you have that ID with you. Five bucks cheaper.

    Kristi Culbreth · June 26, 2012
  • Kristin L.

    Don't come here when you're tripping. Very, very trippy place. It'll either be the best trip ever or your worst nightmare.

    Kristin Lavin · May 26, 2012
  • Kitchenboy

    Great gem of B'more. The cafe upstairs serves very good food.

    Kitchenboy · April 14, 2012
  •  Deon P.

    Nice art indeed!

     Deon Parcon · March 15, 2012
  • 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!

    Baltimore Maryland Manager · January 25, 2012
  • Emilee R.

    Check out Sideshow for holiday gifts.

    Emilee Romano · December 1, 2011
  • Bridget I.

    Awesome "sideshow" gift shop!

    Bridget Isaia · October 23, 2011
  • Baltimore

    Voted Best Place to take Out-of-Town Visitors by City Paper for Best of Baltimore 2011

    Baltimore · September 21, 2011
  • Baltimore

    Voted 3rd Best Place to take out of town Visitors and 3rd Best Attraction by City Paper Readers for Best of Baltimore 2011

    Baltimore · September 21, 2011
  • Jackie D.

    Free!!! So much fun. It was a great visual experience. Love the big fluffy poodle!

    Jackie Dimetro · August 26, 2011
  • Michael S. U.

    Go for the fun! The current exhibits will have you laughing! Also, if you go with a Bank of America card on the first weekend of the month...its free.

    Michael S. Uhl · August 9, 2011
  • Emilee R.

    The museum is free from 5-9 on Thursdays during the summer!

    Emilee Romano · August 4, 2011
  • Jessica S.

    get lunch to go & eat in sculpture garden, see the pink poodle in the Center next to garden.

    Jessica Santascoy · August 4, 2011
  • Maryland

    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!

    Maryland · August 4, 2011
  • 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.

  • Faith K.

    The Things That Make You Smile Exhibit is a must see winner.

    Faith Kasten · March 15, 2011
  • Andrew A.

    Absolutely no photography allowed inside the buildings. You are free to photograph the exterior artwork and sculptures.

    Andrew Aliferis · December 2, 2010
  • Andrew A.

    Give yourself two to three hours to see it all.

    Andrew Aliferis · November 30, 2010
  • 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.

    Amnesty International Baltimore · November 29, 2010
  • Regina H.

    Free for BofA cardholders!

    Regina H · November 6, 2010
  • Baltimore Maryland

    Stop by the museum's gift show, The Sideshow. It's amazingly wonderful and weird. Perfect for holiday gift shopping.

    Baltimore Maryland · October 13, 2010
  • Phil G.

    Awesome gift shop

    Phil Gentile · September 26, 2010

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