Baseball, the Civil War and a bustling historic harbor have all had a hand in shaping Maryland's big waterfront city, Baltimore, their legacy assorted cultural sights, atmospheric neighborhoods and crowded games at Camden Yards.
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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