Planning Your Visit

Current Exhibition:

The Big Hope Show

October 3, 2015 – September 4, 2016

AVAM's all new exhibition champions the radiant and transformative power of hope, and features work by 25+ visionary artists, among them many "super survivors" of enormous personal traumas.


Visionary News:

Now Open: Encantada!

Now open on AVAM's 3rd floor, Encantada is a new restaurant featuring local Chesapeake cooking. Experience this enchanted escape where boundaries are blurred and tastes are celebrated.

Visit or call 410-752-1000 for reservations or more info.


Howdy Sign

Howdy, and Welcome to Fantastic Art!


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)
    Membership has its benefits - JOIN NOW or Discover More

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: Visit our PLAN A GROUP VISIT page for details, then fill out our Group Visit Request Form online (Google Form: K-12 Group Form // Adult & College Group Form) & submit. AVAM's Group Visits Coordinator, Sara Pike (, 410-244-1900 x216) will get in touch with you about your request. Thanks and we look forward to helping you plan your group's visit to AVAM!

Group Visits Contact:

Sara Pike
410-244-1900 x216


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.

Google Map:

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By Car:

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:

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!

Public Transporation:

Charm City Circulator - FREE!

Take the FREE Charm City Circulator to American Visionary Art Museum (Stop 404 on Banner Route) 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

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 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 or call 1-866-RIDE-MTA.

Encantada, Restaurant

Discover Encantada, now OPEN for lunch & dinner on AVAM's 3rd floor

Level 3, Main Building
Phone: 410-752-1000
Hours & Menu: check website

Encantada adjective/ en•can•ta•da: enchanted, charmed, bewitched, delighted, enamored.

Located within the American Visionary Art Museum, Encantada reveals the symbiosis of art, food, dreams and reality. It is an enchanted escape where boundaries are blurred and tastes are celebrated. Partnering with local ranchers, farmers and watermen, Encantada offers Modern American food using the freshest seasonal products daily. The style of cooking reflects today's sensibility to a 21st century diet, offering more vegetables, grains and fruits in a "starring role". All of the animal proteins are carefully chosen, selecting those who have been raised humanely with a GMO free diet, and their seafood reflects what is available locally from some of the best fisherman on the east coast.

Named "Best Restaurant for Vegetarians" in City Paper's Best of Baltimore 2015!

Encantada at the AVAM: Visit or call 410-752-1000 for more info.
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Sideshow, Museum Shop

Come shopping, leave smiling!

Level 1, Main Building
Phone: 443-872-4926
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 or call 443-872-4926 for more info.

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