Visit to the Vanadu Art House - Atlas Obscura
Join us on an Atlas Obscura Trip in 2019 »

Hyattsville, Maryland

Visit to the Vanadu Art House

Peer into an intricately designed art house with four extravagant junk art cars, hidden in the suburbs.

Take a visit to the spectacular site of Vanadu, one of the world’s most hidden, out-of-place, and extravagantly designed art houses. Creator Clarke Bedford, who has spent years constructing an art house and four fully functional art cars, opens his doors to visitors for exploration and questions.

Throughout the high-density cluster of sculptures and mosaics, you’ll find a horned wooden owl, a black and white striped cone, a skull, a statue of John Milton, a German language globe stuffed inside a rusted horn, and a woman’s face covered in glass and colored fragments of junk.

Clarke Bedford named his art car and house “Vanadu” to honor the poetry of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, whose famous “Kubla Khan” poem emerged from an opium-induced dream about the ancient Chinese city of Xanadu, once under the rule of Mongol emperor Kublai Khan. In addition to “Vanadu,” Bedford also calls his assemblage of recycled materials the Assemblage Cottage, pronounced with a French accent as “As-sem-blage Co-ttage.”


  • The event is open-house style. Visit the house at any time on Obscura Day between 11 a.m. -5 p.m.


Email Larissa at

Advance Tickets Only. All Sales Final. No Refunds or Exchanges.

Check out our full lineup of amazing adventures taking place all around the world on Obscura Day, our annual celebration of discovery!

Use the #obscuraday hashtag on your favorite social media platforms to show us how you're celebrating. We'll be featuring your posts on our own platforms all day, and you could even win some Atlas Obscura prizes.