“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

  • Designing AVAM: Virtually Tour with the Building Architects
    May 21, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM EDT
    Take a virtual tour with architects Rebecca Swanston and Diane Cho as they reflect on the museum's design, recently voted Baltimore's Most Beloved in Baltimore Architecture Foundation's competition. Rebecca Hoffberger, AVAM's founder & director, joins to give her history on collaborating with them.
  • Virtual Face Vessel Workshop with Rotto Grotto
    Jun 08, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
    Online Event
    Make your own grotto-inspired Face Vessel in this virtual workshop with artist Becca Kacanda. She'll also introduce you to the grottoes & visionary art environments of the Midwest that inspired the project.
  • Visionary Walks: Experiencing Nature with Greater Awareness
    Jun 19, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
    Irvine Nature Center, 11201 Garrison Forest Rd, Owings Mills, MD 21117, USA
    In a guided walk inside Irvine Nature Center, see the woods through the eyes of Pat Bernstein, whose work is currently on view in our "Earth" exhibit, and chef Chris Amendola, of the restaurant Foraged. Free.
  • 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