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American Visionary Art Museum - 8 Reviews - 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD - Museums & Galleries Reviews - Phone (410) 244-1900

American Visionary Art Museum

800 Key Hwy
Baltimore, MD 21230
(410) 244-1900
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This museum has some of the coolest modern art I have ever seen. Everything from a live and working Coney Island replica to face masks painted by mentally disabled people. They ...


This museum really exploits - rather than celebrates - art made by the untrained.

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Not always outsider art but worth seeing anyway 3/26/2006

This museum started out as a venue for "outsider art", or art created by people who have no formal art training and who are not part of the art world in any way. They've kind of gotten away from that in that they are taking some work from established artists who work in an outsider style. But aside from that, it's still a very interesting museum and the building itself is worth the visit. Parking is tricky and the location is not exactly central but it's worth the effort to get there. more

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A really unique museum 3/17/2006

If you're expecting Matisse and Monet, this isn't the museum. If you are looking for "different" art and are willing to define the word "visionary" pretty darn broadly, then give the American Visionary Art Museum a chance. This place features amateur artists, and really de-emphasizes your standard wall-label and Old Masters' museum shtick. However, the downside is that some of the stuff verges on downright creepy. Do you really want to see a ton of artwork completed by inmates of state penitentiaries? Yes? Well, come on in! more

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American Visionary Art Museum 8/21/2005

The American Visionary Art Museum is rather unique. First of all the museum building itself is a work of art. Also this museum is known as an "alternative museum" because it displays artwork by artist who are self-taught. The art is great and it's a great place to go and see art from people who have defined art for themselves, and taught themselves about art. more

Fun Museum. 8/18/2005

Unusual and funky little museum of works done by self trained artists. Lots of fun art, some made from found items, some from more traditional materials. Must see, especially the small mechanical works, but all of it was great. Offers lot of exhibitions of art of war and peace , teasures of the soul , love are real good and informational. more

Really Cool place to visit! 8/15/2005

This museum has some of the coolest modern art I have ever seen. Everything from a live and working Coney Island replica to face masks painted by mentally disabled people. They change the artwork a lot during the year so be sure to check it out often. The tree outside th eback is filled with pieces of glass which is also real cool. Since it's right next to the inner harbor there are plenty of other places to visit while you are there. more

Great Museum and Cafe Too 8/15/2005

The American Visionary Art Museum is a must-see for both visitors and locals of the Charm City. Located in Federal Hill, the museum is packed with works by artists who lack formal training, many of whom have endured hardship in their lives. The creativity you see in their mostly mixed media work is incredible; on my first visit I encountered an enormous ship made entirely of toothpicks! The museum houses both permanent works and special exhibitions. It also houses a strong sculpture collection, The cafe is pretty good, and the museum shop is full of funky gifts. Each year the museum is involved with several special events, such as a parade of art cars; vehicles adorned with everything from hands to buttons to astroturf. A must see. more

Lively and Original 7/29/2005

The American Visionary Arts Museum is bursting with unique masterpieces created by self-taught artists. Visitors are overwhelmed with color and form - this is no two-dimensional display. Even the outside of the building attracts the eye with colorful sculpture. The museum also boasts an excellent (though expensive) cafe. Definitely worth the trip! more
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  • The Scene
    In the courtyard, wind blows the pinwheels of the 55-foot-high whirligig. Metal milk-can pigs play near the door, while inside a whirring electric robot waves to visiting...

  • 10/27/2004 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Hours:

    Tue-Sun 10 am-6 pm
  • Payments:

    Visa, Master Card
  • Neighborhoods:

    Federal Hill-Montgomery