About the museum

Upcoming Exhibition:

The Great Mystery Show

The Great Mystery Show

Oct 7, 17–Sep 2, 18

From psychics to physicists, The Great Mystery Show artfully peels away the veil of the unknown, playfully exploring mystery as that one secret power behind great art, science, and pursuit of the sacred.

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Experience Encantada

Encantada is the new restaurant located on AVAM's 3rd floor that features local Chesapeake cooking. Drawing on the importance of "roots," both creative and culinary, Encantada supports regional farms, ranches, and aqua-culture, thus nurturing the concept of sustainability. Experience this enchanted escape where boundaries are blurred and tastes are celebrated.

Visit EncantadaBaltimore.com or call 410-752-1000 for reservations or more info.

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CRITICAL PRAISE for AVAM

Check out some of the nice things people are saying about us!

". . . one of the most fantastic museums anywhere in America."
– NANCY NOVOGROD, CNN NEWS
"Baltimore, home of the first American Museum in 1786, is since (November 1995) home to the most innovative: the delightful American Visionary Art Museum."
– DAN FRANKLIN, THE ECONOMIST

 

"This is a museum of infectious high spirits . . . a celebration of the infinite permutations of the creative spirit . . . a galloping success."
– CATHERINE FOX, ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
"The instant you step into one of the seven galleries . . . the secret is out. The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland is a museum with a difference. Nobody is whispering. Blatant enthusiasm is encouraged."
– CLAIRE FRANKEL, THE FINANCIAL TIMES OF LONDON
"AVAM is a monument to the failure of words . . . which are not yet able to define and describe the fantastic creations here, starting with the four-story high whirligig that greets visitors."
– DEAN OLSHER, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
"The American Visionary Art Museum is my favorite museum. I love this museum." – MATT GROENING, CREATOR OF "THE SIMPSONS" & CO-CURATOR OF AVAM'S "WHAT MAKES US SMILE?" (2010-11) EXHIBITION
"The Visionary Art Museum provides America with its most essential, innovative cultural experience. Baltimore is privileged to have such a great institution. All our cities should participate in the vital, invaluable, unique perspective it provides."
– COLIN EISLER, NYU INSTITUTE OF FINE ARTS
AVAM is listed #1 in the "TOP 10 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU'RE 10" List—the only museum ranked alongside national treasures like Niagara Falls, Muir Redwood Forest, and the Grand Canyon.
– TRAVEL + LEISURE MAGAZINE
"This IS a wonderful place, isn't it!"
– ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU
"Not only is the American Visionary Art Museum show ("THE ART OF STORYTELLING") a celebration of the overactive imagination, the museum also boasts the best gift shop in the world."
– THE WASHINGTON POST