A Not-So-Average Joe's Art Museum in Baltimore

If you haven't seen a school bus decked out in silver gems or a blinged-out Universal Tree of Life than you must stop by the American Visionary Art Museum (800 Key Highway, Baltimore, Md.) for a one-of-a-kind experience. 

The American Visionary Art Museum is the mecca for all things impractical yet legendary. At some point, we've all dreamed about being an amazing artist with fans from around the world. The artists at AVAM actually turned their thoughts into action, letting us peek into their minds. 
The museum features all kinds of artwork, some teetering on being inappropriate for the littlest art fans -- like works from Frank Brunos that feature apocalyptic paintings about hell fire and damnation. Then there are light-hearted fantasy works, like a wooden meditation chapel/wedding altar located in the Wildflower Garden and of course, the eight-foot cosmic galaxy egg located inside the museum. 
Everyone can join in on the artsy fun via workshops held at the museum. The Shiny Happy Things workshop (Aug. 10) allows participants to make use of mirrors and other shiny objects by cutting them and making their own finished and dangly decorations to keep. We promise you won't get seven years bad luck either. (We hope.) Advance reservations are required for this event by calling (410) 244-1900. 
For a more family-driven experience, the Flicks from the Hill movie screenings are every Thursday night through Aug. 22 at 9 p.m. You'll find them the federal hill in the Hughes family outdoor theater. All movies are free. 
Tickets to the American Visionary Art Museum are $15.95 for adults; $9.95 for kids. Hours are Tuesday through Sunday, 10-6 p.m.
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