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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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Amazing Aboriginal Art!

We stopped at this small art museum to learn more about Aboriginal art. This museum is one of a... read more

Reviewed 27 June 2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Only worth it if you happen by

Want to kill 30 minutes waiting for your x-ray results at Martha Jefferson? Not a bad place to do... read more

Reviewed 12 June 2016
Charlottesville, Virginia
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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 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...More

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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.

Thank rocky490
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!

Thank mkdechristopher
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.

Thank GrandParentsGo
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.

Thank 17,283,409
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.

Thank artgallerygal
Reviewed 23 March 2016

Culturally diverse and interesting. A worthwhile endeavor. Full of surprises and way out of the norm. You need to see this place.

1  Thank Ronald M
Reviewed 13 March 2016

To find this amazing collection of Australian Aboriginal art in the middle of Charlottesville, Virginia, was a real delight. Regular artists in residence add a contemporary touch to what is a profound historic collection, particularly of desert and top end artwork. Definitely worth an hour...More

Thank Paul W
Reviewed 7 March 2016

This place is located on Pantops just before you get on the interstate, its tucked away in the hills next to Martha Jefferson hospital. It has some great aboriginal art and they have great art openings with snacks and drinks.

Thank Clone99
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...More

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