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Time and time again, visitors rave about their unique and unexpected museum experience at the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM). In fact, many online reviews from travelers state that the attraction was the highlight of their time in Baltimore. The warehouse-style museum houses and preserves what has been described as "outsider art."
Outsider art is considered artwork that has been created by self-taught artists, many of whom don't become well-known until after their death. This is because the majority of these people have little to no contact with established art institutions or are involved in the mainstream art world.
In order to help visitors understand what they are experiencing, there are informative plaques that offer some insight into the artists' inspiration and personal life. Pieces have been described as, "moving," "beautiful," and providing "an emotional experience into what it means to be human."
The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is closed on Monday. Although Baltimore's other art museums are free to all visitors, the AVAM does have an admission charge. However, the museum is open and free of charge every year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to celebrate what the museum states is "all of life's possibilities." Be sure to check out the SIDESHOW gift shop which is located in the museum. The essence of the fun, quirky shop matches perfectly with the museum's eccentric vibe. Some visitors claim it is the best gift shop they have ever been to in the entire country.
Cover image by Rachel Kramer via Flickr (CC BY 2.0).