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Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

400 Worrell Dr, Peter Jefferson Place, Charlottesville, VA 22911-8691
+1 434-244-0234
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Amazing little gem

This is a very small museum in what is the main house of an old estate outside of downtown... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chicago, Illinois
Interesting art

Tucked away in a park-like setting, this is a very small museum with an unusual type of art. No... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2017
Chesterfield, VA
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The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is the largest collection of Indigenous Australian art outside Australia, and comprises over 1800 objects and paintings created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from different regions of Australia. Visiting the Kluge-Ruhe is a terrific opportunity to learn about a different culture, view a film of artists creating and discussing their art, and see the gorgeous views of Charlottesville from this museum on a hill. An exhibition of works from the permanent collection is changed annually, while special exhibitions in the rotating gallery change every four months. Special events include lectures and performances by visiting artists, scholars, and musicians, film screenings, and educational programs for all ages. A free guided tour of the current exhibitions is offered each Saturday at 10:30 am.
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400 Worrell Dr, Peter Jefferson Place, Charlottesville, VA 22911-8691
+1 434-244-0234
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very small museum in what is the main house of an old estate outside of downtown Charlottesville. There are only about 4 galleries and a hall. It is devoted exclusively to art of the Aboriginal tribes of Australia. This may sound a...More

Thank jimtons
Reviewed 19 September 2017

Tucked away in a park-like setting, this is a very small museum with an unusual type of art. No admission fee, small but adequate free parking area. Docent will give you a small intro to the museum when you enter. Exhibited items change regularly so...More

Thank JEHfromVA
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Small and intimate but worth every penny. Unique Australian art known as bark painting adorn this interesting building on the outskirts of the UVA campus. In an interesting park like setting make for a pleasant surprise.

Thank Charles_Schuchert
Reviewed 24 June 2017

This museum has an extensive collection of Aboriginal art. Most of the art work was owned privately and donated. We arrived at their opening and were the only visitors. They do not charge admission. Located in an old home on a beautiful piece of property.

Thank line10
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Kluge-Ruhe has the largest collection of Australian Aboriginal art outside of Australia. It is a wonderful museum and it frequently has artists visit from Australia. If you are in central Virginia you should visit.

Thank waltermX8494BB
Reviewed 5 January 2017

Our friends who visit Charlottesville often had recommended this museum to us as a place to tour during our December stay. We discovered that the museum was going to close for a month or so for renovations the day after we arrived in Charlottesville, so...More

Thank LivinglifeinPA
Reviewed 15 September 2016

We spent a nice hour investigating this small museum in Charlottesville. It was such a surprise to see this Australian Aboriginal Art in the Virginia countryside!

1  Thank Mojo01267
Reviewed 28 August 2016

What a gem. This is a small but very interesting collection and in our brief visit we learned a lot about aboriginal art. Special exhibits are placed by the artists themselves on visits to UVA and are changed about 3 times a year so a...More

1  Thank Barbara Y
Reviewed 12 August 2016

This is a great Museum housing the biggest Australian Aboriginal Art Collection outside of Australia, you would not expect such a great collection in a small town like Charllottesville. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and always happy to answer your questions. They run a...More

1  Thank Bianca B
Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

You think of a visit to Charlottesville as an American history lesson. But this museum was a wonderful find. The Yarning exhibit caught our attention, and was unique and touching. The curators explanation of the show and the collection was a great introduction to the...More

1  Thank Richard M
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Response from Lenore S | Reviewed this property |
1 to 5 pm. However, I recommend calling first.

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