The American Visionary Art Museum – Baltimore, Maryland - Atlas Obscura

The American Visionary Art Museum

A museum dedicated to exhibiting remarkable outsider art. 


The art of farmers, postmen, the mentally ill, art done in secretly in the attic—all get equal billing at Baltimore’s American Visionary Art Museum. It’s a refreshing look at creativity and projects made far, far outside the “art world.”

Don’t miss the Giant Whirligig & Sculpture Plaza. The 55-foot tall central wind-powered sculpture was created by Vollis Simpson, a 76 year-old farmer from North Carolina who made his first whirligig to power a washing machine while he was stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. The museum also features a 16-foot model of the Lusitania made entirely from toothpicks, and is host to the incredible Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race.

And remember to exit through the gift shop, which houses a display almost as captivating as the museum itself.

We explored AVAM on Obscura Day - March 20th, 2010. Photos, stories and more here

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The Museum is open all week except for Mondays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission for adults is $15.95.

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