American Visionary Art Museum

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800 Key Highway

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This Federal Hill art museum, which was once a whiskey warehouse, beckons to those with eclectic tastes. Upon entry, visitors are greeted by a 55-foot-tall "Whirligig" wind-powered configuration, which sets the tone for the quirky art displayed inside. The American Visionary Art Museum exhibits explore a wide range of topics, including the impact of technology on everyday life, the power of story-telling, race and gender. Recent reviewers highlight the colorful, multi-dimension collection as appealing to adults and kids alike. They also appreciate the hands-on nature of many exhibits.

The museum opens its doors Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adult admission costs $15.95; admission for children ages 7 and up costs $9.95; children 6 and younger can visit for free. The easiest way to access the American Visionary Art Museum is by walking south along Baltimore's Inner Harbor to Federal Hill. For more information about the museum's exhibits and hours, check out the official website of the attraction.

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Situated in Charles Village, just north of the downtown area, the Baltimore Museum of Art claims the title of largest art museum in Maryland. Filled with more 95,000 art pieces, including an impressive Matisse collection, donated by Baltimore natives Claribel and Etta Cone, the museum draws art enthusiasts from across the globe. An entire Cone Wing of the museum is devoted to the sisters' spectacular repertoire of paintings from distinguished artists like Matisse, Picasso and Cézanne. Recent visitors praised the extensive collection, citing free admission to the world-class museum as a major perk.

The museum is also home to one of the largest Andy Warhol collections in the world and features European sculptures, African and Asian arts, and decorative arts. The Contemporary Wing, which showcases works by women and artists of color, among others, and the sculpture garden, which hosts jazz sessions during the summer, are two main museum highlights. If you're interested in discovering what else is on display, check out its official website.

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