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American Visionary Art Museum

American Visionary Art Museum

Art Museum, Museum, and Art Gallery
Federal Hill - Montgomery, Baltimore
  • Baltimore Maryland
    "Stop by the museum's gift show, The Sideshow."(4 Tips)
    Rebekah R.
    "By far one of my top two favorite museums in Baltimore."(3 Tips)
    "Go to AVAM for the Kinetic Sculpture Race!"(3 Tips)
    betsy m.
    "Amazing! Fabulous exhibit and quirky gift shop."(2 Tips)
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  • Rebekah R.
    Rebekah RobinsonJuly 5, 2015
    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.
  • 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
  • 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
    Upvoted Nov 12, 2017
  • N ~.
    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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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:
  • 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!
  • Madm F.
    Madm FiaAugust 16, 2014
    Great indoor and outdoor wacky found object art. This gift shop is good and cheap too.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Dizzie T.
    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
  • Ricardo R.
    Ricardo RodriguezMarch 28, 2015
    Crazy and very unique art. Not many places like this around the country. If passing through Baltimore must stop in.
  • Thierry J.
    Thierry JeanMay 3, 2017
    NeaCera® Terra-cotta Rainscreen Solutions have been specified by progressive architectural firms such as HOK. Website:
  • 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.
  • betsy m.
    betsy mApril 26, 2015
    Amazing! Fabulous exhibit and quirky gift shop. Some original work available too
  • 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
  • Carmen N.
    Carmen NMarch 25, 2017
    Super fun, enticing, interesting, sometimes challenging pieces.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Chaundra
    ChaundraAugust 4, 2017
    An eclectic mix from artists with no formal training. Well curated and always interesting.
  • Design*Sponge
    Design*SpongeAugust 3, 2014
    Renovated schoolhouse with gallery spaces offering workshops for those interested in experimenting in a new medium. Read more
  • Mary E.
    Mary EnglandOctober 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    You can always get into the (best ever) gift shop for free!
  • Leandro L.
    Leandro LageraJune 6, 2016
    Always found this place somewhat creepy. But I do like several of the pieces found inside. Mad respect.
  • 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
  • DDog
    DDogNovember 22, 2009
    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
  • Kitchenboy
    KitchenboyApril 14, 2012
    Great gem of B'more. The cafe upstairs serves very good food.
  • Andrew E.
    Andrew ErmanOctober 15, 2017
    The membership is a great deal for a family of 4.
  • 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.
    Katrina LeiterAugust 5, 2012
    One of the coolest art museums, ever! I <3 this place. (PS: great gift shop too!)
  • Jessica S.
    Jessica SantascoyAugust 4, 2011
    get lunch to go & eat in sculpture garden, see the pink poodle in the Center next to garden.
  • Allison K.
    Allison KasicOctober 24, 2016
    Such a unique and enjoyable museum!
  • Jackie D.
    Jackie DimetroAugust 26, 2011
    Free!!! So much fun. It was a great visual experience. Love the big fluffy poodle!
  • Kristi C.
    Kristi CulbrethJune 26, 2012
    If you're a student, make sure you have that ID with you. Five bucks cheaper.
  • 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
  • Azizza D.
    Azizza DavisOctober 8, 2013
    Interesting artwork. It's a free museum, you can't beat that!
  • Dale X.
    Dale XanderMarch 26, 2014
    Watch your step on the wooden sculpture in the back. #stairs
  • 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.
  • shuran W.
    shuran WangMarch 27, 2017
    Full of surprises. I love it
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew AliferisDecember 2, 2010
    Absolutely no photography allowed inside the buildings. You are free to photograph the exterior artwork and sculptures.
  • Baltimore
    BaltimoreSeptember 21, 2011
    Voted Best Place to take Out-of-Town Visitors by City Paper for Best of Baltimore 2011
  • Mai
    MaiAugust 20, 2013
    Awesome for an inner city wedding theme !
  • Joe E.
    Joe EadsAugust 2, 2013
    The museum is free on Thursday night!!!
  • Baltimore
    BaltimoreSeptember 21, 2011
    Voted 3rd Best Place to take out of town Visitors and 3rd Best Attraction by City Paper Readers for Best of Baltimore 2011
  • Brian S.
    Brian SoperJuly 8, 2017
    Blue Star Museum- Free for Military;-)
  • Rob J.
    Rob JacksonDecember 26, 2009
    Great for a date. Interesting stories behind incredibly unique and creative art of all types.
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RoseJuly 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Can you find the non-bronze item in the staircase?
  • Elvis M.
    Elvis MontenegroJanuary 18, 2014
    Great place
  • DJ Ken R.
    DJ Ken RochonJanuary 6, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to see art.
  • Sean R.
    Sean ReeserAugust 21, 2013
    Find the chess board, spot the pink elephant.
  • Faith K.
    Faith KastenMarch 15, 2011
    The Things That Make You Smile Exhibit is a must see winner.
  • Emilee R.
    Emilee RomanoAugust 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The museum is free from 5-9 on Thursdays during the summer!
  • Kristin L.
    Kristin LavinMay 26, 2012
    Don't come here when you're tripping. Very, very trippy place. It'll either be the best trip ever or your worst nightmare.
  • Vincent S.
    Vincent SharpsJuly 29, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Great place for a wedding reception!
  • Emilee R.
    Emilee RomanoDecember 1, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out Sideshow for holiday gifts.
  • Bridget I.
    Bridget IsaiaOctober 23, 2011
    Awesome "sideshow" gift shop!
  • Andrew A.
    Andrew AliferisNovember 30, 2010
    Give yourself two to three hours to see it all.
  • Seth M.
    Seth McCabe-MarcellJuly 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Bring or blanket to sit upon and a "beverage" to enjoy.
  • Casey M.
    Casey McDermottNovember 23, 2014
    This place is like one big acid trip
  • Corey F.
    Corey FrierJuly 13, 2012
    Flicks on the hill .......
  •  Deon P.
     Deon ParconMarch 15, 2012
    Nice art indeed!
  • Abby B.
    Abby ByrnesJuly 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the visionary pets on parade -- every fourth of july! :) Read more
  • Julia N.
    Julia Neph-PleinOctober 30, 2013
    Free tonight!!
  • Kelly M.
    Kelly MatthewsOctober 16, 2009
    Go to American Visionary Art Museum and check out all the cool art!
  • Steve O.
    Steve OrtleyMay 23, 2010
    Check out the ship made from toothpicks.
  • Phil G.
    Phil GentileSeptember 26, 2010
    Awesome gift shop
  • Regina H.
    Regina HNovember 6, 2010
    Free for BofA cardholders!
  • Clark
    ClarkJune 12, 2010
    Only the coolest place in the world.
  • Eleanor
    EleanorFebruary 17, 2010
    Go to AVAM for the Kinetic Sculpture Race! Read more
  • Julian F.
    Julian FleisherDecember 13, 2009
    This is the coolest place ever.
  • Gianluca F.
    Gianluca FiorettiJune 10, 2016
    Bellissimo museo
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