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Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

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Address: 400 Worrell Dr, Peter Jefferson Place, Charlottesville, VA 22911-8691
Phone Number: +1 434-244-0234
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The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is the largest collection of...

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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We spent a nice hour investigating this small museum in Charlottesville. It was such a surprise to see this Australian Aboriginal Art in the Virginia countryside!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 15 September 2016
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

We spent a nice hour investigating this small museum in Charlottesville. It was such a surprise to see this Australian Aboriginal Art in the Virginia countryside!

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Fort Washington, MD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

What a gem. This is a small but very interesting collection and in our brief visit we learned a lot about aboriginal art. Special exhibits are placed by the artists themselves on visits to UVA and are changed about 3 times a year so a return visit is in order.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

This is a great Museum housing the biggest Australian Aboriginal Art Collection outside of Australia, you would not expect such a great collection in a small town like Charllottesville. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and always happy to answer your questions. They run a great residency program and you often get to meet visiting Aboriginal artists from Australia.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

You think of a visit to Charlottesville as an American history lesson. But this museum was a wonderful find. The Yarning exhibit caught our attention, and was unique and touching. The curators explanation of the show and the collection was a great introduction to the art and cultural issues of aboriginal people of Australia. Week with strong out other history... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

We stopped at this small art museum to learn more about Aboriginal art. This museum is one of a kind in the US. It is well curated and informative. There are currently two new exhibits, both of which introduced us to new ideas and information about Aboriginal art and culture. It is worthwhile to stop here and to spend a... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016

Want to kill 30 minutes waiting for your x-ray results at Martha Jefferson? Not a bad place to do it. Some rich guy left his collection to UVA. It's Aboriginal. Only kinda interesting.

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Newport News, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

Stopped through on a visit to UVA. Was pleasantly surprised with the quality of their pieces, and I am happy to say that I learned a lot about Aboriginal art!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

The aboriginal Australian art is displayed in small doses in a series of rooms, including suggestions for children's exploration as well as general explanatory placards. There is also an area for creating and sharing your own original art.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

Don't let the name of this museum deter you. The art is original, surprising and very beautiful. And if you are lucky you will be there for one of their special events, which are really special.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

This private museum houses only aboriginal art, making it a unique experience. If you are unfamiliar with this genre, you will be awestruck by the colors and patterns. If in Charlottesville, it is well worth a visit.

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