American Visionary Art Museum

800 Key Hwy (at Covington St), Baltimore, MD 21230
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Closed until 10:00am tomorrow (Show more)
  • Tue–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
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Yes (incl. American Express)

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 inspir... (See all)

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  • "... Perfect for holiday gift shopping." (11 tips)
  • "... Also, don't miss the kinetic sculpture race." (3 tips)
  • "... at the gift shop, Sideshow. See more: http://bsun.md/b3sf7y" (4 tips)
  • Leland S.

    Go to the AVAM and spend an afternoon with the unique art exhibits. Plan to spend just as much time looking through the gift shop as you will in the actual museum!

    Leland S. · December 18, 2009
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • Baltimore Maryland

    Free admission on Wednesday, October 26 from 1am – 6pm.

    Baltimore Maryland · September 6, 2011
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  • Baltimore

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

    Baltimore · September 21, 2011
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  • 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 S. · December 31, 2009
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  • Clark

    Only the coolest place in the world.

    Clark · June 12, 2010
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  • Kelly M.

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

    Kelly M. · October 16, 2009
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  • Steve O.

    Check out the ship made from toothpicks.

    Steve O. · May 23, 2010
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  • 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 S. · March 15, 2010
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  • Emilee R.

    Check out Sideshow for holiday gifts.

    Emilee R. · December 1, 2011
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  • Baltimore Maryland

    Don't let the holidays drive you BANANAS! Relax by making your very own Sock Monkey... for free! December 10, 2011 from 10am – 2pm, just bring 2 pairs (clean) socks & your own Scissors.

    Baltimore Maryland · November 9, 2011
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  • 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
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  • DJ Ken R.

    Great place to see art.

    DJ Ken R. · January 6, 2013
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  • Leland S.

    Come in the summer for Thursday Flicks from the Hill! BYOB and great cinematic picks.

    Leland S. · August 5, 2011
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  • Regina H.

    Free for BofA cardholders!

    Regina H. · November 6, 2010
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  • Phil G.

    Awesome gift shop

    Phil G. · September 26, 2010
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  • Seth M.

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

    Seth M. · July 2, 2010
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  • Eleanor

    Go to AVAM for the Kinetic Sculpture Race! Read more

    Eleanor · February 17, 2010
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  • Julian F.

    This is the coolest place ever.

    Julian F. · December 13, 2009
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  • 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: http://bsun.md/b3sf7y

    The Baltimore Sun · September 20, 2012
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  • Andrew A.

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

    Andrew A. · December 2, 2010
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  • 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 B. · November 29, 2010
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  • 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
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  • Joe E.

    The museum is free on Thursday night!!!

    Joe E. · August 2, 2013
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  • Corey F.

    Flicks on the hill .......

    Corey F. · July 13, 2012
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  • Kristi C.

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

    Kristi C. · June 26, 2012
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  • Kitchenboy

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

    Kitchenboy · April 14, 2012
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  • Emilee R.

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

    Emilee R. · August 4, 2011
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  • Faith K.

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

    Faith K. · March 15, 2011
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  • Andrew A.

    Give yourself two to three hours to see it all.

    Andrew A. · November 30, 2010
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  • 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 R. · September 5, 2010
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  • Michele C.

    Would like to re-visit the AVAM w/the Hubs!

    Michele C. · October 16, 2009
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  • Dale X.

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

    Dale X. · March 26
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  • Yuri B.

    Gift shop has incredible selection of Moleskin notebooks.

    Yuri B. · March 15
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  • Ag N.

    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

    Ag N. · February 12
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  • Elvis M.

    Great place

    Elvis M. · January 18
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  • Mary E.

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

    Mary E. · October 30, 2013
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  • Julia N.

    Free tonight!!

    Julia N. · October 30, 2013
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  • Azizza D.

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

    Azizza D. · October 8, 2013
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  • Liz L.

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

    Liz L. · September 25, 2013
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  • Sean R.

    Find the chess board, spot the pink elephant.

    Sean R. · August 21, 2013
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  • Mai

    Awesome for an inner city wedding theme !

    Mai · August 20, 2013
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  • 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 A. · July 27, 2013
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  • Andrew R.

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

    Andrew R. · July 12, 2013
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  • 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 T. · June 11, 2013
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  • Chris L.

    Check out the exhibit on flatulence!

    Chris L. · June 6, 2013
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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 C. · September 9, 2012
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  • Katrina L.

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

    Katrina L. · August 5, 2012
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