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Current Special Exhibitions

Green Monkeys-Mandrill (detail) by Johanna Burke
The Secret Life of Earth: Alive! Awake! (and Possibly Really Angry!)
October 5, 2019 – September 6, 2020
1st and 2nd Floors, Main Building

Beckoning all Earthlings — from climate change skeptics to the world's leading eco-scientists and kid activists — to an exhibition that's one part visual Earth love feast and two parts environmental crash course on the wonders and fragility of life on our one blue homegirl planet.


Esther and The Dream of One Loving Human Family
February 23, 2019-March 3, 2024
2nd Floor, Main Building

Featuring Esther Krinitz's Holocaust survival story exquisitely told through 36 hand-embroidered works, this exhibition pays tribute to humanity's long history, past and current, of unjustly persecuted innocents and the dream of a world at peace. A preamble to Esther's fabric collages include South African Truth and Reconciliation embroidered testimonies, work gathered from Lily Yeh's partnership with Rwandan Tutsi genocide survivors, and more.


Reverend Albert Lee Wagner: Miracle At Midnight
July 1, 2017 - June 5, 2020 3rd floor gallery, Zanvyl A. Krieger Main Building

View this first national retrospective in celebration of one of America's most prominent visionary artists. Artist Reverend Wagner and his autobiographical art provides rich visual testimony to a life begun amidst dire poverty to sharecroppers in the South, to his final attainment of spiritual peace, filled with a love for all humanity. Curated from 50+ Wagner masterpieces gifted to the museum by Gene and Linda Kangas, this show will also include two of Reverend Wagner's largest works, donated to AVAM's permanent collection ten years ago by Pat Handal.


Permanent Collection

1st & 2nd Floors, Main Building

Behold AVAM's updated Rebecca and Joseph Meyerhoff Gallery on our 1st floor, featuring even more enchanting wonders from our expansive Permanent Collection, and a major renovation to the gallery space. We hope you'll find some added inspiration and discover some new visionary favorites to cherish in this totally updated gallery experience!


Jim Rouse Visionary Center
Jim Rouse Visionary Center

Three floors to explore of visionary wonders and fan favorites, like: The Cabaret Mechanical Theatre, Painted Screens, Fifi & friends from the Kinetic Sculpture Race, Leonard Knight's LOVE Balloon, Andrew Logan's Divine, DeVon Smith's World's First Robot Family and more! 2nd floor features a special exhibit on social visionary Jim Rouse, and our Thou Art Creative Classroom and Visionary Conference Room. 3rd floor: catch an amazing view of our wonderland campus from David Hess' Bird's Nest Balcony.