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American Visionary Art Museum
Baltimore, Maryland

A 55-foot-tall whirligig made of old machine parts spins and clangs in front of this Inner Harbor institution, which was decorated with a mirrored mosaic by Baltimore’s school kids. The AVAM showcases outsider art: pieces made by self-taught creators who craft such things as a toothpick-sculpture Lusitania, an art car covered in bent forks and spoons, and robots conjured from tubing and discarded fans. Don’t miss the collection of automata, housed in a former whiskey warehouse next to the main building. The mechanical sculptures spring into action at the touch of a button—your kids will get a kick out of the wooden man lapping up a bathtub full of spaghetti.

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10 Places to See Before You're 10

American Visionary Art Museum
Baltimore, Maryland

A 55-foot-tall whirligig made of old machine parts spins and clangs in front of this Inner Harbor institution, which was decorated with a mirrored mosaic by Baltimore’s school kids. The AVAM showcases outsider art: pieces made by self-taught creators who craft such things as a toothpick-sculpture Lusitania, an art car covered in bent forks and spoons, and robots conjured from tubing and discarded fans. Don’t miss the collection of automata, housed in a former whiskey warehouse next to the main building. The mechanical sculptures spring into action at the touch of a button—your kids will get a kick out of the wooden man lapping up a bathtub full of spaghetti.

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Courtesy of Timothy Gardner

10 Places to See Before You're 10

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