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

–CNN 

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

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farmer/artist  VOLLIS SIMPSON

 “I had a lotta junk and I had 

to do something with it.”

ONGOING

Permanent Collection

America’s official

national museum,

education center,

and repository

for self-taught and intuitive artistry

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Upcoming events

  • Kinetic Sculpture Race 101: Virtual Program for Educators
    Aug 11, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
    Webinar
    Join us for a very official Kinetic Sculpture Race primer, just for educators! Hear from actual folks who have done it: They’ve assembled a team, designed and built a vehicle, and participated in the race. Bring your questions about the race, and we’ll have answers.
  • Outdoor Sculpture Tour
    Sat, Aug 14
    AVAM
    Aug 14, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
    AVAM, 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230, USA
    Gain insights into our various outdoor sculptures, including our newly-restored "Meditation Chapel" by artist Ben Wilson and our hypnotic "Cosmic Galaxy Egg" by Andrew Logan. Free with museum admission, which is sold separately at avam.org/tickets. The outdoor tour is weather permitting.
  • Weekend Walk-In: Flower Crown
    Sat, Aug 21
    AVAM's Tall Sculpture Barn
    Aug 21, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
    AVAM's Tall Sculpture Barn, 820 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230, USA
    Join us for an in-person, drop-in, art workshop. Create a flower crown, in this hands-on program that complements our current show "The Secret Life of Earth." Workshop cost: $5 cash/credit payable on site. Supplies included while they last! Drop in any time 10am-12pm. Recommended for ages 7+.
  • Happy Hour in the Artist's Studio with Betsy Youngquist
    Sep 09, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM EDT
    Online
    Dive into the fantastical world of Betsy Youngquist, who uses the texture of beads to transform found objects into gorgeous sculpture. Her work has been featured by the Smithsonian Craft Show and has exhibited at AVAM. The live studio tour includes an interactive audience Q&A with the artist.
  • Outdoor Sculpture Tour
    Sat, Sep 11
    AVAM
    Sep 11, 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM EDT
    AVAM, 800 Key Hwy, Baltimore, MD 21230, USA
    This docent-led tour gives insights into our various outdoor sculptures, including our newly-restored, just reopened Meditation Chapel by artist Ben Wilson. Free with museum admission, which is sold separately at avam.org/tickets. (Choose 10am or 11am.) The outdoor tour is weather permitting.
  • Virtual Sip and Shine: Bird and Cosmic Egg
    Sep 28, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM
    Webinar
    Let's make a mosaic, inspired by Dr. Evermor's fantastical Bird Band sculptures made out of discarded mechanical parts. Or, choose to make a mosaic egg, in an ode to artist Andrew Logan's "Cosmic Galaxy Egg."
  • 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.