American Visionary Art Museum

The American Visionary Art Museum is one of my favorite museums around Baltimore. We are really lucky to have such a great and unique museum so close. I had been here a few times before, but decided to revisit it with my 3 year old twins. I came away with a rather different, and very entertaining experience.

If it's a nice day, spend some time wandering the grounds. There is a giant whirligig sculpture that is enough to amaze anyone, and a sparkly tree just covered in dangling mirrors. Today was windy and the tree was loud!

The Wildflower Garden has a "wooden meditation chapel" but don't let the name fool you. It's an awesome fort  as far as we were concerned. In warmer weather it is surrounded by vines and flowers.

The main building is wonderful, with lots to see. This is where I would normally spend most of my time, but I don't think it was the twin's favorite part. Still, they loved the giant cloth dolls by Zona Gordon and a dress made almost entirely out of buttons by Grace Bashara Greene. So maybe there is hope that I am raising future artists (or at least art critics). We bought some shiny pinwheels in the gift store and got ready to leave.

As we were heading out the door, the people at the front desk mentioned that we should check out the far building (Jim Rouse Visionary Center). "Lots of buttons to push." Those are magic words to my ears and so we hurried right over. One side of the building is dedicated to crazy mechanical sculptures. They are all safely behind glass, but they have buttons and cranks in easy reach for little people to play with. This is a fantastic collection of funny animals, boats, people, mermaids and had us all mesmerized.

410-244-1900

American Visionary Art Museum

800 Key Highway

Baltimore, MD 21230

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