The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore is home to a spectacular collection of beautiful, bizarre, and innovative art. What makes it unique? Not a piece in the striking Key Highway building on the edge of the Inner Harbor and Federal Hill was created by a formally trained artist.
What of that term, "visionary art?" I'll let the museum, opened in 1995, speak for itself. "Visionary art as defined for the purposes of the American Visionary Art Museum refers to art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself."
Location: 800 Key Highway
Admission: $15.95 for adults, $13.95 for seniors (60+), $9.95 for students and children, kids 6 and under are free.
Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays
Closed Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day, but open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Metered parking on Covington Street and Key Highway
The museum's Joy America Cafe closed its doors, but Mr. Rain's Fun House now serves lunch Tuesdays through Fridays and dinner every day but Monday (when the restaurant is closed).