Exterior of the visually arresting American Visionary Art Museum (Courtesy Visit Baltimore)

(Courtesy Visit Baltimore)

American Visionary Art Museum

This unique museum in three buildings presents works by self-taught, outsider artists. Jim Rouse Visionary Center with art cars, the Cabaret Mechanical Theater, kinetic sculptures. Paintings from the Von Bruenchenhein Collection. Tu-Su 10 am-6 pm. $15.95, seniors $13.95, students $9.95, 6 and under free. Sideshow gift shop and Encantada restaurant.

Highlights and Tips:

  • Stop in at the Jim Rouse Visionary Center for “kinetic” sculptures (large-scale moveable creations) and whimsical hand-made characters from the London Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, which you can move with buttons and cranks.
  • In the main building, don’t miss Wayne Kusey’s “Lusitania,” a scale-model of the famous oceanliner constructed entirely of toothpicks—194,000—plus five gallons of glue and two and a half years of work.
  • Lastly, stop by the Sideshow shop for gag gifts, party masks, even a glimpse into the future from “Zoltar,” the fortune-telling carnival machine, just like the one in the movie “Big.”
Address: 
800 Key Highway
Baltimore, MD 21230
United States
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Map of American Visionary Art Museum