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Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va.

400 Worrell Drive, Peter Jefferson Place, Charlottesville, VA 22911
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We were lucky enough to be invited by family to the July Night at the Museum. The museum is small however the insightful commentary offered by staff made it very meaningful. Add cutting edge music, savory food by local food trucks on a cool summer evening to local beers to great friends and it was a memorable visit. There's also... More

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Fredericksburg, VA
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64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

We had high expectations based on the reviews and the approach to the property. Unfortunately, the art is confined to a few small rooms. While the labeling adds interest to some of the artwork we found we have little appreciation for this style. We wish the grounds would open up and more sculptures be added there to enjoy. Lots of... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

My only complaint is that I wish there were more. I learned a lot and loved what was on display, but that was less than twenty pieces, I reckon.

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Bethesda, Maryland
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17 reviews 17 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

The excellent wall labels provide a good introduction into the mystical and magnificent artwork on display. Take the time to read about the paintings, but more importantly to look closely at and be drawn into these intriguing works. It's a small museum and the works on display change regularly, but it is well worth the time to visit and enjoy... More

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Southeast Pennsylvania
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30 reviews 30 reviews
7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

No one seems to know about this little museum of aboriginal art. It is set in a pretty house, which unfortunately surrounded by an industrial park, but it is well worth going to. Very nicely displayed art, with a lot of interpretation and helpful staff.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

It is THE most significant Australian Aboriginal Museum in the U.S. Thanks to the Kluge family, it is based in Charlottesville, Virginia…a perfect spot as students can learn a great deal about Australia and the people, while at the university.

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Boones Mill, Virginia
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6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

Said to house the largest collection of Aboriginal Art outside Australia, Kluge-Ruhe offers a very rare opportunity to see the world through the eyes of a culture with an astounding and radically different perception of reality. These eye-opening, mind-bending exhibitions change frequently, tempting visitors to return as often as possible.

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Charlottesville
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

"Aboriginal" means native Australian art. Unusual collection and quite extensive. Remember, the Australian aborigines arrived some 20-40,000 years ago and lived unchanged until the 1700s. Amazing what they produced as art. Fun to see.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013

I am not a great fan of Aboriginal art from Australia but thought this place might be interesting. It was actually quite nice and the art was fantastic. Too small is my only complaint. (And a little bit difficult to find unless you have sharp eyes to spot their sign on the highway.) An interesting person at the desk helped... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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37 reviews 37 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

This is one for the fine arts collectors and native arts lover - in the outskirts of Charlottesville, home of Monticello and Thomas Jefferson. John Kluge's collection is one of the most extensive collections of aboriginal art in the world, so it is very much worth seeing. We have never seen anything like this - you would have to visit... More

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