It's your last chance to experience AVAM's 19th original show, hailed by Art & Antiques Magazine as "one of the most thought-provoking museum exhibitions mounted recently." This stirring exhibit harnesses the enchanting visual delights of remarkable visionaries and cutting-edge futurists, including Kenny Irwin Jr., Rigo 23, Lindsey Bessanson, Fred Carter, Allen Christian, Alex Grey, Ray Kurzweil, O.L. Samuels, and many more. It's a hot-wired blend of art, science, humor, caution and hope!
Planning Your Visit
Howdy, and Welcome to Fantastic Art!
AVAM is OPEN 10:00am–6:00pm, TUESDAY–SUNDAY (CLOSED MONDAYS*)
CLOSED: Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day
*Open annually on Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as AVAM's celebration of all of life's possibilities! Free admission & special programming for all!
Regular Admission Rates:
- Adult: $15.95
- Senior (60 and up): $13.95
- Student/Child: $9.95
- Children 6 and under: FREE!
- Members: FREE! (just show us your Fan Club Card)
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PLEASE NOTE: No Backpacks, Food, Drink or Photos allowed in the museum. Thank you!
The American Visionary Art Museum is a perfect destination for your school's field trip or group outing. We have a variety of exhibitions and educational offerings that will make your day at the museum an unforgettable experience!
Group Admission Prices:
For groups of 10 or more people
- K-12 Students: $6.00/student
- College Students: $8.00/student
- Adults/Teachers/Chaperones: $10.00/person
- Students age 6 and under: FREE
- Title One Schools: FREE
- Adult Chaperones for school groups of 70 or more: FREE
TO MAKE A GROUP RESERVATION: Check out our Plan A Group Visit page for details, then fill out our GROUP VISIT REQUEST FORM and email it to Beka Plum at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 410-244-1900 x216. Thanks and we look forward to helping you plan your group's visit to AVAM!
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Current Promotions & Partnerships:
- Blue Star Museums: FREE Admission for Active Duty Military & their family
Memorial Day thru Labor Day, 2014
AVAM is proud to honor our brave service members, as we once again participate in the Blue Star Museums program. Each Memorial Day to Labor Day, all Active Duty Military and their families get FREE admission to AVAM (good for up to 5 admissions, active duty member does not need to be present). Please bring a current Military ID with you to recieve free admission. More info on Blue Star Museums.
Abundant metered parking available on Covington Street and Key Highway. Handicapped accessible. Paid Parking is also available in the Public Parking Lot at The Rusty Scupper Restaurant on Key Hwy.
The American Visionary Art Museum is located at the base of historic Federal Hill, adjacent to downtown Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
From New York / Philadelphia and Points North
Follow 1-95 South through the Ft. McHenry tunnel (stay in right hand lane through the tunnel) to exit 55/Key Highway - at the bottom of the ramp make a right at the stop light onto Key Highway. The museum is 1.5 miles ahead on the corner of Key Highway and Covington street (on the left, across the street from The Rusty Scupper restaurant).
From Washington, D.C. and Points South
Follow I-95 North to exit 55/Key Highway. At the bottom of the ramp make a left onto Key Highway. The museum is 1.5 miles ahead on the corner of Key Highway and Covington Street (on the left, across the street from The Rusty Scupper restaurant).
From Harrisburg / York and Points Northwest
Follow I-83 South (Jones Falls Expressway) to Lombard St light. Turn right onto E. Lombard St. Turn left onto Light Street. Slight left onto Key Highway (landmark: Maryland Science Center on left hand corner). AVAM is less than a half mile ahead on the corner of Key Highway and Covington Street (on the right, across the street from The Rusty Scupper restaurant).
From The Sea:
Take The Baltimore Water Taxi to Landing 4 (at The Rusty Scupper). Follow the walkway up to Key Highway (about a 2 minute walk!) and you can't miss the museum. More Water Taxi info at: www.thewatertaxi.com.
Walking From The Inner Harbor / Baltimore Visitor Center:
Follow Harbor Promenade toward MD Science Center. Turn left at Science Center, continuing to follow the promenade until you reach The Rusty Scupper. Follow sign up stairs & path to Key Hwy. Museum is across the street. Cross safely & behold the sights and wonders!
Charm City Circulator - FREE!
Take the FREE Charm City Circulator's new Banner Route (Launching June 4, 2012) to American Visionary Art Museum (Stop 404) at Key Hwy & Covington St. Continue a few more steps up Key Hwy toward Covington Street (AVAM is at corner of Key Hwy & Covington - just look up!). Main entrance is a little further up Key Hwy on the right. Circulator info, including Route Maps, Schedule, Alerts, and more can be found online at www.charmcitycirculator.com.
MTA - Bus & Light Rail
MTA offers a multitude of public transportation options to get you to AVAM. Use the MTA's Trip Planner online at www.mta.maryland.gov to get the most accurate transportation schedules & directions, just enter your Start Address, then enter 800 Key Highway Baltimore, MD 21230 as your End Address, and hit Get Directions–it's that easy! For more info, visit www.mta.maryland.gov or call 1-866-RIDE-MTA.
Connect with AVAM:
Sideshow, Museum Shop
Come shopping, leave smiling!
Level 1, Main Building
Hours: Same as regular museum hours, always FREE to come shopping!
Surround yourself with original art, great books, jewelry, fun toys, novelties, vintage memories, and a great selection of cards and stationery. Come shopping, leave smiling at SIDESHOW!
"Sideshow is a general store for outsiders, chocked with practical jokes and impractical toys, giggle provoking gags and provocative books celebrating life's infinite amusements. Sideshow is a place where hopeless irony brackets spiritual kitsch. The laptop Buddha and Crazy Cat Lady action figure are upstaged by the smoking baby, that comes of course with a disclaimer that 'Real babies should never smoke!' " —Stephanie Shapiro, The Baltimore Sun
SIDESHOW at the AVAM: visit SideshowBaltimore.com or call 443-872-4926 for more info.