Maryland's capital, Annapolis, isn't overly large, but home to the United States Naval Academy and a number of Navy-oriented sites, visitors won't have trouble finding ways to fill a day between museum-hopping and local park activity.
Even though it might be the unique exhibits that lure visitors to the American Visionary Art Museum (you'll know it by the Giant Whirligig), the building in which this fine arts facility is housed also merits attention, an intriguing architectural construction that is a fit shell for the art showcased inside. The focus here is work by self-taught artists in a variety of mediums arranged around a central theme and changed regularly. Enjoy a meditative moment in the Wildflower Garden, stroll through the Sculpture Plaza and take in larger art pieces and lectures in the Tall Sculpture Barn as you seek out AVAM highlights.
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