One of the best ways to determine the personality of a city is though its art. Some works of iconic art are in the form of traditional pieces such as paintings and statues, while others are found in buildings or are the buildings themselves. Enjoy these symbolic works which remain integral to Baltimore’s identity.

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American Visionary Art Museum
800 Key Hwy.
Baltimore, Md. 21230
(410) 244-1900

Price: $9.95 – $15.95
Hours: Tues to Sun –10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Not only does it house art, but the American Visionary Art Museum is itself a work of art. Decorated with mirror fragments and a variety of colorful pieces, the museum catches the eyes of passing travelers and visitors to the nearby Federal Hill. The AVAM is also the site of the annual Kinetic Sculpture Race, encouraging art alongside competition.


Maryland Institute College of Art
1300 West Mount Royal Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21217
(410) 225-2280

Price: Free
Hours: Mon to Sat – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sun – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Since 1826, the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) has existed to cull the creative talents of the artistically minded. Painters, sculptures, animators, photographers and videographers are all reflected through their work and become icons as local student artists. Through galleries and upcoming exhibitions, the college showcases the spirit of the very artists developing within its walls.

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Cafe Hon Flamingo
1002 West 36 St.
Baltimore, Md. 21211
(410) 243-1230

Hours: Mon to Thurs – 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fri – 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sat – 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sun – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

True, the restaurant has been plagued with controversy over the past few years, from city permits to legal rights to the business itself. Yet, the iconic flamingo remains and continues to be embraced by locals. This pink bird has become representative of all that is “hon,” celebrated throughout each year as well as at the annual Honfest.

National Bohemian “Natty Boh”
3600 O’Donnell St.
Baltimore, Md. 21224

The one-eyed classic icon has represented Baltimore’s brewery since the end of the Prohibition and officially became the company sponsor in 1965. Mr. Boh’s likeness is found on every beer can and bottle. Today, he remains atop his tower in the Brewer’s Hill district and has even made appearances on television commercials for other local companies.

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Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive
Baltimore, Md. 21218
(443) 573-1700

Price: Free
Hours: Wed to Fri – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat to Sun – 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Baltimore Museum of Art is nestled along the Johns Hopkins Homewood campus where it houses more than 90,000 works of art, including Picasso, van Gogh and Warhol. Yet the most iconic piece greets visitors in the Sculpture Court, a replica of “The Thinker” by Auguste Rodin. An upcoming exhibition, the Sondheim Prize, will highlight finalists from this years Artscape.

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Pam Smith graduated from Penn State with a B.A. in English and a passion for writing. Her adaptive nature led her to work in the scientific, energy supply and business industries while writing on a multitude of topics for various online media. Pam currently resides in Baltimore County. Her work can be found at