American Visionary Art Museum

If you’re in Baltimore, and want to have a good time, I highly recommend a visit to the American Visionary Art Museum, located at the south side of the inner harbor, across the street from the Ritz-Carlton Residences.

It’s not a natural pairing. Ritz-Carlton is traditional while the American Visionary Art Museum is anything but. Here you’ll find “outsider art” from people who have a lot of vision, and least some talent, and no training.

Overall, it’s a blast.

On a recent visit, my favorites included an 18-foot model of the Lusitania made of toothpicks and fractured right in the middle—supposedly as it looked prior to sinking… A toothpick model of the Lusitania…the King’s Mouth, an interactive audio-visual installation by Flaming Lips lead singer Wayne Coyne…

King's Mouth… a faux early copy of “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin, in which it appears that the original first line was, “I’m dreaming of a white poodle”…

I'm dreaming of a white poodle…and this tableau of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” which reminds us that those two famous characters on Sesame Street were named for the supporting actors in the movie!

A wonderful lifeThere’s much more at the American Visionary Art Museum, all guaranteed to make you smile. The only negative is the price tag; because it’s a young museum with a small endowment, the adult entry price is $15. I think it’s worth it!

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