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“Beautiful and relaxing visit”

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: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 1 February 2016

Visited with son, daughter in law and in-law. The artwork was beautiful. I wish it had more. The interactive display was very relaxing, as I could sit and make my own artwork with paints, from stone. The facility is lovely as well. Well worth a visit and its free!

Thank KimStephen
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Reviewed 22 January 2016

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is on its own campus on the other side of Charlottesville from UVa. We brought a Boy Scout group of 40 and were very pleased with the exhibits and especially the opportunities for the boys to do their own artwork. I wish we could have stayed longer.

Thank To-King
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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 a blanket, sit for awhile. Tour, learn, purchase books, calendars to keep. This museum is a beautiful option to an open day of art and education.
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Thank DivaO
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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
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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 well as starting a personal collection, so I had to temper expectations. The collection was lovely - just left me wishing we could expand it! Also featured educational areas.

Thank Jamie K
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