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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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Small, but nice!

This is a small art museum with rotating exhibits. It is free and connected to UVA. I stumbled... read more

Reviewed 2 April 2018
Danielle R
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Richmond, Virginia
Well worth the visit!

We took advantage of a docent-led tour offered on Saturday mornings, and were very impressed. She... read more

Reviewed 25 March 2018
Nancy M
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Hampton, Virginia
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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
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+1 434-244-0234
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

This is a small art museum with rotating exhibits. It is free and connected to UVA. I stumbled onto this place by accident by following signs from 64 thinking it was another art museum, but I am glad I came to visit. :) It's quick...More

4  Thank Danielle R
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Reviewed 25 March 2018

We took advantage of a docent-led tour offered on Saturday mornings, and were very impressed. She was very knowledgeable and made the tour so informative and interesting. It’s a very small place and admission is free. Highly recommend this collection.

2  Thank Nancy M
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Reviewed 11 March 2018 via mobile

This museum is great. It is a small space so they rotate the collections to keep it fresh for returning visitors. It was a really enjoyable time and the greeter was very sweet. The museum is free and does not take much time, so you...More

1  Thank Stephanie R
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Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

This is a small museum but an impressive one. It is the largest collection of Aboriginal art outside of Australia. It is free and you can watch a film and see various paintings and other works of art. It’s a wonderful insight into a culture...More

2  Thank tripitupanddown
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

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

1  Thank jimtons
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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

1  Thank JEHfromVA
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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.

1  Thank Charles_Schuchert
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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.

1  Thank line10
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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.

1  Thank waltermX8494BB
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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

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