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“Spectacular exhibitions and setting”

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
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

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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
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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 was in his family for quite some time.

The building serves several functions, with the museum located on the ground floor just inside the front door.

I went on a weekday afternoon and got the rare treat of a personal tour by a docent. She was very informative and the tour felt like a personal conversation rather than a lecture.

The collection spans the entire age of aboriginal art. Though the collection is huge, the selection they have hung in the gallery is modest but nicely done.

I learned a LOT! Get a docent to take you through if you can.

Thank Dawn M
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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
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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 exhibit of young aboriginal men with targets painted on their chests.

Thank Jon L
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