Planning Your Visit

Programs

Register for Summer Camp today!

3 one-week sessions this July 8-25

This July, AVAM hosts another truly visionary experience for students, with 3 one-week sessions of hands-on arts programs at the national museum for intuitive, self-taught artistry! Students will learn about visionary art as they explore new & unusual materials, create their own unique art projects, and experience a special week-long Visiting Artist workshop. SIGN UP TODAY! Contact amy@avam.org or call 410-244-1900 x232 to register.

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Membership

Join AVAM's Fan Club Today

Join AVAM's Fan Club Today

Did you know Fan Club Members get FREE admission year-round, plus discounts on our fabulous workshops, exclusive FREE admission to our annual exhibition Preview Party, big discounts at Sideshow & Mr. Rain's Fun House, plus a whole lot more!

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Fan Club Benefits

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MUSEUM HOURS

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!

ADMISSION

Regular Admission Rates:

  • Adult: $15.95
  • Senior (60 and up): $13.95
  • Student/Child: $9.95
  • Children 6 and under: FREE!
  • Members: FREE! (just show us your Fan Club Card)
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GROUPS

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!

Group Admission Prices:

For groups of 10 or more people

  • K-12 Students: $6.00/student
  • College Students: $8.00/student
  • Adults/Teachers/Chaperones: $10.00/person
  • Students age 6 and under: FREE
  • Title One Schools: FREE
  • Adult Chaperones for school groups of 70 or more: FREE

TO MAKE A GROUP RESERVATION: Check out our Plan A Group Visit page for details, then fill out our GROUP VISIT REQUEST FORM and email it to Beka Plum at groupvisits@avam.org, or call 410-244-1900 x216. Thanks and we look forward to helping you plan your group's visit to AVAM!

Group Visits Contact:

Beka Plum
groupvisits@avam.org
410-244-1900 x216

Current Promotions & Partnerships:

Blue Star
BOGO Admission for MD Zoo Members!
April 1 – May 31, 2014

Maryland Zoo Members: this April & May, visit AVAM for another truly wild experience! Take a cerebral journey through our current exhibition, Human, Soul & Machine: The Coming Singularity!, and tour our 3 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 a special Buy One, Get One Admission (free admission of equal or lesser value) when you show your current MD Zoo Member Card at our front desk, April 1 - May 31, 2014.

 

PARKING

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.

DIRECTIONS

The American Visionary Art Museum is located at the base of historic Federal Hill, adjacent to downtown Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

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By Car:

From New York / Philadelphia and Points North

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).

From Washington, D.C. and Points South

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).

From Harrisburg / York and Points Northwest

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).

From The Sea:

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.

Walking From The Inner Harbor / Baltimore Visitor Center:

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!

Public Transporation:

Charm City Circulator - FREE!

Take the FREE Charm City Circulator's new Banner Route (Launching June 4, 2012) to American Visionary Art Museum (Stop 404) 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 - Bus & Light Rail

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.

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DINE & SHOP

Dine at Mr. Rain's Fun House!

Mr. Rain's Fun House, Restaurant

Level 3, Main Building
Phone: 443-524-7379
Web: MrRainsFunhouse.com
Hours: Check website

A unique restaurant & dining experience complementing the American Visionary Art Museum, providing a sophisticated yet playful setting for both museum patrons and restaurant clientele. Nestled between the picturesque Baltimore Inner Harbor and Federal Hill, the Fun House sets the stage for Chef Bill Buszinski's menu, comprised of focused renditions of "Americana" fare influenced by immigrating cultures and farm to table philosophies.

Mr. Rain's Fun House: Hours, menu, reservations and specials are online at MrRainsFunhouse.com or call 443-524-7379.

Come shopping, leave smiling!

SIDESHOW, Museum Shop

Level 1, Main Building
Phone: 443-872-4926
Web: SideshowBaltimore.com
Hours: Same as regular museum hours, always FREE to come shopping!

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, Baltimore Sun

SIDESHOW at the AVAM: visit SideshowBaltimore.com or call 443-872-4926 for more info.

For Out-Of-Towners: Best Places to Stay

Harbor Magic Hotels

Pier 5 Hotel pictured above offers incredible views of Baltimore's Inner Harbor!

Harbor Magic Hotels

Offering three beautiful & distinct locations in the downtown Baltimore area, Harbor Magic Hotels are the official hotels of the American Visionary Art Museum! Check out Harbor Magic's AVAM Getaway Package, which includes Admission to AVAM & a whole lot more!

Visit harbormagic.com to book your AVAM Getaway today, or call 866.583.4162 to make a reservation.