October 3, 2015 – September 4, 2016
AVAM's latest exhibition champions the radiant and transformative power of HOPE, and features work by 25+ visionary artists, among them many "super survivors" of enormous personal traumas.
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AVAM is OPEN 10:00am–6:00pm, TUESDAY–SUNDAY (CLOSED MONDAYS*)
CLOSED: Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day
*Open annually on Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as AVAM's celebration of all of life's possibilities! Free admission & special programming for all!
The American Visionary Art Museum is a perfect destination for your school's field trip or group outing. We have a variety of exhibitions and educational offerings that will make your day at the museum an unforgettable experience!
TO MAKE A GROUP RESERVATION: Visit our PLAN A GROUP VISIT page for details, then fill out our Group Visit Request Form online (Google Form: K-12 Group Form // Adult & College Group Form) & submit. AVAM's Group Visits Coordinator, Sara Pike (email@example.com, 410-244-1900 x216) will get in touch with you about your request. Thanks and we look forward to helping you plan your group's visit to AVAM!
Maryland Zoo Members: this April & May, visit AVAM for another truly wild experience! Take a journey through our current exhibition, The Big Hope Show, featuring the soulful creations of over 25 visionary artists whose work explores the radiant and transformative power of hope. Then tour the rest of the galleries in in our three historic buildings filled with wonders created by farmers, housewives, mechanics, retired folk, the disabled, the homeless—all inspired by the fire within! Maryland Zoo members will receive Buy One, Get One admission with their Zoo Membership card from April 1 thru May 31, 2016. (Not valid on group rates or with any other promotions or discounts.)
Abundant metered parking available on Covington Street and Key Highway. Handicapped accessible. Paid Parking is also available in the Public Parking Lot at The Rusty Scupper Restaurant on Key Hwy.
The American Visionary Art Museum is located at the base of historic Federal Hill, adjacent to downtown Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
Follow 1-95 South through the Ft. McHenry tunnel (stay in right hand lane through the tunnel) to exit 55/Key Highway - at the bottom of the ramp make a right at the stop light onto Key Highway. The museum is 1.5 miles ahead on the corner of Key Highway and Covington street (on the left, across the street from The Rusty Scupper restaurant).
Follow I-95 North to exit 55/Key Highway. At the bottom of the ramp make a left onto Key Highway. The museum is 1.5 miles ahead on the corner of Key Highway and Covington Street (on the left, across the street from The Rusty Scupper restaurant).
Follow I-83 South (Jones Falls Expressway) to Lombard St light. Turn right onto E. Lombard St. Turn left onto Light Street. Slight left onto Key Highway (landmark: Maryland Science Center on left hand corner). AVAM is less than a half mile ahead on the corner of Key Highway and Covington Street (on the right, across the street from The Rusty Scupper restaurant).
Take The Baltimore Water Taxi to Landing 4 (at The Rusty Scupper). Follow the walkway up to Key Highway (about a 2 minute walk!) and you can't miss the museum. More Water Taxi info at: www.thewatertaxi.com.
Follow Harbor Promenade toward MD Science Center. Turn left at Science Center, continuing to follow the promenade until you reach The Rusty Scupper. Follow sign up stairs & path to Key Hwy. Museum is across the street. Cross safely & behold the sights and wonders!
Take the FREE Charm City Circulator to American Visionary Art Museum (Stop 404 on Banner Route) at Key Hwy & Covington St. Continue a few more steps up Key Hwy toward Covington Street (AVAM is at corner of Key Hwy & Covington - just look up!). Main entrance is a little further up Key Hwy on the right. Circulator info, including Route Maps, Schedule, Alerts, and more can be found online at www.charmcitycirculator.com.
MTA offers a multitude of public transportation options to get you to AVAM. Use the MTA's Trip Planner online at www.mta.maryland.gov to get the most accurate transportation schedules & directions, just enter your Start Address, then enter 800 Key Highway Baltimore, MD 21230 as your End Address, and hit Get Directions–it's that easy! For more info, visit www.mta.maryland.gov or call 1-866-RIDE-MTA.
Discover Encantada, now OPEN for lunch & dinner on AVAM's 3rd floor
Encantada adjective/ en•can•ta•da: enchanted, charmed, bewitched, delighted, enamored.
Located within the American Visionary Art Museum, Encantada reveals the symbiosis of art, food, dreams and reality. It is an enchanted escape where boundaries are blurred and tastes are celebrated. Partnering with local ranchers, farmers and watermen, Encantada offers Modern American food using the freshest seasonal products daily. The style of cooking reflects today's sensibility to a 21st century diet, offering more vegetables, grains and fruits in a "starring role". All of the animal proteins are carefully chosen, selecting those who have been raised humanely with a GMO free diet, and their seafood reflects what is available locally from some of the best fisherman on the east coast.
Come shopping, leave smiling!
Surround yourself with original art, great books, jewelry, fun toys, novelties, vintage memories, and a great selection of cards and stationery. Come shopping, leave smiling at SIDESHOW!
"Sideshow is a general store for outsiders, chocked with practical jokes and impractical toys, giggle provoking gags and provocative books celebrating life's infinite amusements. Sideshow is a place where hopeless irony brackets spiritual kitsch. The laptop Buddha and Crazy Cat Lady action figure are upstaged by the smoking baby, that comes of course with a disclaimer that 'Real babies should never smoke!' " —Stephanie Shapiro, The Baltimore Sun
Sideshow at the AVAM: visit SideshowBaltimore.com or call 443-872-4926 for more info.