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The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) is the official national museum, education center, and repository for intuitive, self-taught artistry.

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What is Visionary Art?

Like love, you know it when you see it. But here's the longer definition, straight out of our Mission Statement:


"Visionary art as defined for the purposes of the American Visionary Art Museum refers to art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself."

In short, visionary art begins by listening to the inner voices of the soul, and often may not even be thought of as 'art' by its creator.

Museum history


Museum founder Rebecca Alban Hoffberger has the idea for a unique new museum and education center that would emphasize intuitive creative invention and grassroots genius while she is employed as the Development Director of People Encouraging People, Inc.—a program of the Department of Psychiatry at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland.

A Top-10 Place to See Before You’re 10.

—travel & Leisure magazine
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Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Access at AVAM

VISION Statement

At the American Visionary Art Museum our mission champions self-taught and intuitive artists and their diverse perspectives, backgrounds, and artistry. In reflection of that mission, we foster an inclusive museum culture that honors the contributions and experiences of every employee, volunteer, and visitor. We strive to include equity as a core value to address the needs of our communities through our programming and services. It is AVAM’s vision that everyone has access to a full, vibrant, and creative life, which is essential to a compassionate society. 

American Visionary Art Museum

800 Key Highway

Baltimore, MD 21230

phone: (410) 244-1900

fax: (410) 244-5858

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