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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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