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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: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
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 it will not be the same on every trip.

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.

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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.

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.

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 we made a special effort to visit it immediately after we checked into the inn where we were staying. So glad that we did!

Although the museum is small in size, the collection of aboriginal art and the exhibits of featured artists were outstanding. We left here with a new understanding/appreciation for the aboriginal art and people.

This is the only museum in the US that is dedicated to the exhibition and study of Australian Aboriginal Art........and admission to it is free! Amazing!!!!!!

If you plan to visit in the next month, you might want to check their website to see when they are re-opening after their renovations.

Thank LivinglifeinPA
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