Encantada at The American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore

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Dedicated to the unusual creations of the "outsider art" movement, Encantada at The American Visionary Art Museum features more than 4,000 works off-the-wall, unorthodox pieces. Known also as "raw art" or "self-taught art," visionary works displayed in the museum focus primarily on self-discovery, individuality, timelessness, and exploration of the mind. You'll find that the museum generally has no permanent curators, as its community-based approach means that most are brought in as guests. Regardless of your artistic leanings, you can view the pieces and learn about the "visionaries" creating them. Check the museum's website for information regarding special tours, art talks, and traveling exhibits. Encantada at The American Visionary Art Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Baltimore Edition.
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TripAdvisor
  • The place is great. The place is clean, fresh and nice. The exhibits are maintained very nicely, and are really cool.  more »
  • The whimsical and wonderful AVAM offers an exhilarating and joyful experience viewing art that is genuine, captivating and intriguing. It is thoroughly enjoyable as a visually fascinating experience. ...  more »
  • One of the most fascinanting museums on the East Coast. We had a honor to talk with Mrs. Rebeka. Her explanation about art and philosophy of artists and life was valuable.  more »
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  • 3.5 stars. The food was really good, But I do suggest you look up the menu before going. 3/4 of our party just got a (extremely tasty) grilled cheese as nothing else really sparked our interest. I think they could use just 2-3 more menu items. With a few more options they would be 5 stars. Good place for vegetarians. Price is a bit high. We had a 5-10 minute wait for a seat. Beautiful place.
  • Googled a unique place to eat in Baltimore and this place popped up in an obscure article with it's older name (Fun House, or something like that). The restaurant is open longer hours than the museum, and no admission is necessary if you're only eating there, though I regret not seeing the museum itself as well - we were famished. The decor in the restaurant is quirky and fun and reminds me a lot of an Alice in Wonderland set. There's lots of art and they do have a covered balcony that is quite nice, which is where we dined. The menu is as unique as the restaurant, boasting Gluten Free, Vegan and Vegetarian/Pescatarian options as well. If you're taking someone that is not generally into that type of food, they serve a beautifully cooked NY steak with potatoes that is so tender and well seasoned it'll make any carnivore happy. The blue cheese salad on the small dish actually uses a whole head of lettuce, which makes it attractive to look at and filling as well. The raw carrot cake desert is magnificent - a must try! Also, their drinks are made strong! The staff is friendly and seem to know the menu quite well which is very helpful when you are inquisitive about the ingredients/flavor. Overall, I loved my visit, strongly recommend trying this when at the inner harbor, and honestly, I wish there was one closer to where I live because I could see myself going there often.
  • Not bad. I ordered the shrimp and grits and they were good, but I've had better for cheaper. I mainly chose this restaurant because I had heard they have a lot of vegan and vegetarian options on the menu, and several in our party required this. They did in fact have those options, but those who ordered them seemed underwhelmed.
  • Went to the cafe for some coffee and decided on espresso. The barista put the portafilter in wrong so the water was leaking out significantly and dripping into/diluting the espresso. She also somehow got a significant amount of grounds in it, not really sure how that happened. So it was about a tablespoon of coffee-strength espresso with a teaspoon of grounds. We ordered 2 and she gave us singles which came out to be $4 each. By far and away the worst espresso experience I've ever had.
  • Great burger and sweet potato fries. The burger was hearty and filling with pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. Add a some hot sauce for a little kick!