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CRITICAL PRAISE for AVAM

Check out some of the nice things people are saying about us!

". . . one of the most fantastic museums anywhere in America."
– NANCY NOVOGROD, CNN NEWS
"Baltimore, home of the first American Museum in 1786, is since (November 1995) home to the most innovative: the delightful American Visionary Art Museum."
– DAN FRANKLIN, THE ECONOMIST

 

"This is a museum of infectious high spirits . . . a celebration of the infinite permutations of the creative spirit . . . a galloping success."
– CATHERINE FOX, ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION
"The instant you step into one of the seven galleries . . . the secret is out. The American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland is a museum with a difference. Nobody is whispering. Blatant enthusiasm is encouraged."
– CLAIRE FRANKEL, THE FINANCIAL TIMES OF LONDON
"AVAM is a monument to the failure of words . . . which are not yet able to define and describe the fantastic creations here, starting with the four-story high whirligig that greets visitors."
– DEAN OLSHER, ALL THINGS CONSIDERED, NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO
"The American Visionary Art Museum is my favorite museum. I love this museum." – MATT GROENING, CREATOR OF "THE SIMPSONS" & CO-CURATOR OF AVAM'S "WHAT MAKES US SMILE?" (2010-11) EXHIBITION
"The Visionary Art Museum provides America with its most essential, innovative cultural experience. Baltimore is privileged to have such a great institution. All our cities should participate in the vital, invaluable, unique perspective it provides."
– COLIN EISLER, NYU INSTITUTE OF FINE ARTS
AVAM is listed #1 in the "TOP 10 PLACES TO SEE BEFORE YOU'RE 10" List—the only museum ranked alongside national treasures like Niagara Falls, Muir Redwood Forest, and the Grand Canyon.
– TRAVEL + LEISURE MAGAZINE
"This IS a wonderful place, isn't it!"
– ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU
"Not only is the American Visionary Art Museum show ("THE ART OF STORYTELLING") a celebration of the overactive imagination, the museum also boasts the best gift shop in the world."
– THE WASHINGTON POST