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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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A beautiful educational journey

How much do you know about Aboriginal people? Well after a tour of Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art... read more

Reviewed 15 December 2015
One of few Australian aboriginal museums outside Oz itself

The museum was built from private collections, and has some good items, though it is quite small... read more

Reviewed 19 October 2015
winnipeg, Canada
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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 15 December 2015

How much do you know about Aboriginal people? Well after a tour of Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, you will want to know more. Each artist rendering tells a story to the history and traditions of Aboriginal life. The grounds are lovely. Pack a lunch, bring...More

Thank DivaO
Reviewed 19 October 2015

The museum was built from private collections, and has some good items, though it is quite small; but a pleasure all the same.

Thank 1937Michael
Reviewed 9 October 2015

This is the nation's largest / only (?) exhibit of Australian Aboriginal art. It's a wonderful free option while visiting Charlottesville and walkable if you are staying at the Hilton Garden Inn. I have been to Australia and spent time there enjoying Aboriginal art as...More

Thank Jamie K
Reviewed 10 September 2015

The building was owned by Thomas Jefferson's father, and the setting is beautiful. The permanent collection, and the exhibition on Australian aboriginal art that we saw in September, were world-class

Thank zadkine
Reviewed 30 July 2015

Wonderful collection of Aboriginal Art. I learned a lot about how the art was/is produced. It will make you want to go down under to see this art produced for yourself.

Thank CHO58
Reviewed 25 July 2015

I don't particularly care about aboriginal art but I am glad I visited this museum. First of all, it is in a lush park-like setting at the top of a hill. Second, the building was designed by Thomas Jefferson. Though he never lived there, it...More

Thank Dawn M
Reviewed 24 July 2015

This is a very small museum and won't take long to visit. We stopped in on our way back from doing something else. It you find other cultures interesting it is certainly worth a visit. There was good signage to explain what you are seeing.

Thank Zoolady55
Reviewed 4 July 2015

We visited the museum with my daughter and grand daughter. Much of the art consisted of dot paintings, each one telling a different story. The explanations were excellent, as was a may showing the locations of each family grouping. There was also a special photographic...More

Thank Jon L
Reviewed 26 June 2015

The Kluge-Ruhe is a rare gem in the United States: a true window into the little understood realm of aboriginal art. The art on display is modern, not ancient, but having been to Australia recently, we instantly saw that artistic themes and techniques have been...More

1  Thank RebelVirginia
Reviewed 1 June 2015

The exhibit space (aside from temporary exhibits) is only 4 rooms, but it has excellent contemporary aboriginal art. It's worth a trip if you like aboriginal art or if you've never seen any - and the price is right (free.)

1  Thank Ready2Go2008
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Response from Lenore S | Reviewed this property |
1 to 5 pm. However, I recommend calling first.

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