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American Visionary Art Museum
Based on 644 traveler reviews
Jul 22, 2014 by: BonsterMC from
We always enjoy a visit to the AVAM and to the gift shop, Sideshow. At risk of seeming prudish, I don't think some of the art / content is a match for younger children but I think it's all fair game for teens and up, and I appreciate the real range of ideas, perspectives and emotions presented by the many amazing self-taught artists. I also recommend the annual Kinetic Sculpture Race (first weekend in May), sponsored (I think) by the museum.
A very cool, fun museum
Jul 22, 2014 by: piersonhut from Shenandoah Valley Virginia
This place is very unique... if you like unique American Art you will love it. It is the type of Art that you will be thinking about and talking about for weeks after seeing it.
Rooms Full of Junk to the Normal Person
Jul 16, 2014 by: MD2VA from Abingdon, Maryland
Be honest and ask yourself if you actually enjoy "modern" art before you spend the money to visit this museum. I do not, and that is why I would not return. Examples of pieces include a pez dispenser collection, a ball made of bras, various things incorporating human hair, and generic landscapes painted on window screens that you can see on any house in Baltimore. I tried very hard to view this as art and to understand each piece's meaning, but I gave up and decided there simply isn't any. I think the pieces would be better served with more detailed plaques (which would help slow you down, since the place is also rather sparse) about the artist and the piece's inspiration. Even if I'd wanted to ask more about a piece, there were no staff members anywhere to assist. If you strongly believe that one man's trash is another man's treasure, then this may be the place for you. Otherwise, get yourself over to The Walters Art Museum immediately.
Jul 15, 2014 by: Michael D from Newark, New Jersey
This museum has some pretty cool/unique pieces of art. This is why we were attracted to go there. You are not allowed to take photos. Overall, it's worth the affordable price to attend.
Interesting for everyone!
Jul 13, 2014 by: Rebecca F from Loudonville, Ohio
I love art museums, my husband does not. We visited here while on an anniversary trip and both loved it! It was constantly visually interesting. The gift shop was great fun as well.
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