This is one of my all-time favorite museums. Having spent 10 years between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore, MD, I am fortunate enough to have developed a friendship with the founding director, Rebecca Hoffberger.
Her leadership in creating some of the most outstanding visionary art, presenting them in creative and thoughtful ways, and addressing them with keen eye on thought-provoking social issues is, in a word, visionary.
There’s a joy and celebration of art and life that emanates from the museum, from the outside of the building to the visually overwhelming and sensually-stimulating museum store; even the restaurant and restrooms are engaging and fun. Nestled beneath Baltimore’s Federal Hill, the museum has “O SAY CAN YOU SEE” boldly displayed in neon lights on one of it’s three buildings facing the inner harbor.
“Visionary art” is defined by the museum as “art produced by self-taught individuals, usually without formal training, whose works arise from an innate personal vision that revels foremost in the creative act itself.”
Rather than give you more “basic” info about the museum, I urge you to visit their website and to follow them on them FACEBOOK. Do not miss this museum when in Baltimore. And by all means, make Baltimore a stop on your tour of important historical and creative cities in the United States. There’s so much to see and do in Baltimore, for sure!
Nota Bene: I will be relocating to Washington, D.C. in the coming days and have scheduled a regular “Museum of the Day” through next Sunday, February 23. The museums coming in the next week are simply some of my personal favorites.
Once I settle into my new home in DC, I will continue to research new and interesting museums with a focus on diversity of museum type and geographic location.