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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 (Show more)
  • Tue–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–6:00 PM

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)
    betsy m.
    "Amazing! Fabulous exhibit and quirky gift shop."(2 Tips)
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  • 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
  • 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.

    Rebekah Robinson · July 5, 2015
  • Nelle S.

    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

    Nelle Somerville · December 31, 2009
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Baltimore Maryland

    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.

    Baltimore Maryland · July 21, 2010
  • Anna

    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

    Anna · December 3, 2009
  • Madm F.

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

    Madm Fia · August 16, 2014
  • DDog

    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

    DDog · November 22, 2009
  • 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.

  • 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, 2015
  • Stina P.

    This museum is one of the best things to see in Baltimore. Quirky gift shop and fantastic exhibits!

    Stina P. · March 17
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Lauren S.

    Check out the weird outsider art exhibitions. Totally a fun experience and unlike any art museum I've ever seen. Read more

    Lauren Scime · March 15, 2010
  • Wendy R.

    My favorite museum in the world! The best museum gift shop I've ever seen... take a pre-teen or an adult! Read more

    Wendy Rosen · September 5, 2010
  • 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
  • Andrew A.

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

    Andrew Aliferis · December 2, 2010
  • betsy m.

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

    betsy m · April 26, 2015
  • Rob J.

    Great for a date. Interesting stories behind incredibly unique and creative art of all types.

    Rob Jackson · December 26, 2009
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kitchenboy

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

    Kitchenboy · April 14, 2012
  • Kristi C.

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

    Kristi Culbreth · June 26, 2012
  • Katrina L.

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

    Katrina Leiter · August 5, 2012
  • Mary E.

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

    Mary England · October 30, 2013
  • Baltimore

    Voted Best Place to take Out-of-Town Visitors by City Paper 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
  • Dale X.

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

    Dale Xander · March 26, 2014
  • Emilee R.

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

    Emilee Romano · August 4, 2011
  • Yuri B.

    Gift shop has incredible selection of Moleskin notebooks.

    Yuri B · March 15, 2014
  • Seth M.

    Bring or blanket to sit upon and a "beverage" to enjoy.

    Seth McCabe-Marcell · July 2, 2010
  • Joe E.

    The museum is free on Thursday night!!!

    Joe Eads · August 2, 2013
  • Azizza D.

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

    Azizza Davis · October 8, 2013
  • Kelly M.

    Go to American Visionary Art Museum and check out all the cool art!

    Kelly Matthews · October 16, 2009
  • Faith K.

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

    Faith Kasten · March 15, 2011
  • Andrew A.

    Give yourself two to three hours to see it all.

    Andrew Aliferis · November 30, 2010
  • Sean R.

    Find the chess board, spot the pink elephant.

    Sean Reeser · August 21, 2013
  • Andrew R.

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

    Andrew Rose · July 12, 2013
  • Abby B.

    Check out the visionary pets on parade -- every fourth of july! :) Read more

    Abby Byrnes · July 9, 2010

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