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

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


currently On View

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

  • Virtual Tour: Esther and the Dream of One Loving Human Family
    Wed, Jan 27
    Jan 27, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EST
    Tour our most beloved exhibited works in the museum's history—the fabric stories of Holocaust survivor Esther Krinitz that recount her memories as a teenager in Nazi Poland. The tour is given by Esther's daughter, Bernice Steinhardt, and observes International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
  • Virtual Sip and Shine: Heart and Home
    Fri, Feb 12
    Feb 12, 7:00 PM
    Let's make a mosaic that reflects your heart or home.
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kinetic Sculpture Race
    Sat, May 01
    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
  • Gala - Save the Date
    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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