American Visionary Art Museum main building with Fifi the kinetic sculpture in front.

“One of the most fantastic museums anywhere in America.” 


AVAM specializes in original thematic exhibitions that seamlessly combine art, science, philosophy, humor and especially social justice and betterment.

The Secret Life of Earth
Oct. 5, 2019 – Sep. 5, 2021

The Secret Life of Earth

The Science and Mystery of Sleep
Oct. 10, 2020 - Fall 2022

The Science and Mystery of Sleep

Esther and the Dream of One Loving Human Family
Feb. 23, 2019 - Mar. 3, 2024

Esther and the Dream of One Loving Human Family

A Visionary Spirit for Invention
Nov. 23, 2020 - May 23, 2022

A Visionary Spirit for Invention


farmer/artist  VOLLIS SIMPSON

 “I had a lotta junk and I had 

to do something with it.”


Permanent Collection

America’s official

national museum,

education center,

and repository

for self-taught and intuitive artistry


Upcoming events

  • Mar 11, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
    Take a live, virtual tour with celebrated fabric and multimedia artist Chris Roberts-Antieau. After the visit, Chris will take your questions in this interactive event.
  • Mar 20, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
    Let's make sassy succulents together, in time for spring! All ages welcome. Plant kits available for local pick up. Or, gather your own supplies with our supply list. Then, join us online as we make together. This event is inspired by our current exhibition "The Secret Life of Earth."
  • Apr 11, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EDT
    AVAM’s annual and free, 2021 conference of international experts focuses on the transformational power of love: for the earth, each other, oneself, and as applied to equitable economic systems.
  • May 01, 11:00 AM EDT
    The Kinetic Sculpture Race is model perfect this year. Watch as miniature model “Dream Machine” 3D artful sculptures made by members of the public like YOU, compete over miniature land, sea, mud and sand. This page is for spectators. To enter a model, see
  • Sat, Nov 20
    American Visionary Art Museum
    Nov 20, 6:00 PM
    American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230, USA
    Save the date for the museum's gala.

Kinetic Sculpture Race founder


Kinetic Sculpture Race

A human-powered,

eco-happy race of artful contraptions built by ordinary people

to travel

over land, water,

sand and mud. 


Annual events

“Adults are obligated to have fun,

so kids will want to grow older.” 

–Hobart Brown 

American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM)

800 Key Highway

Baltimore, MD 21230


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