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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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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Small museum which you can spend 10 minutes to 2 hours looking at depending on your interest level. Some of the art objects are quite modern looking. With traditional items being just mesmerizing. There are two scavenger hunt options based on children's age that actively engage kids and allows parents to learn while helping. This is not MOMA or National... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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258 reviews 258 reviews
59 attraction reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The museum only has a few rooms to display a tiny portion of its collection. But it manages to make a big impression in that small space. The artwork is superb, and there is excellent signage to help you understand it. I came away with a real appreciation for Aboriginal art and am looking forward to returning the next time... More

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Massanutten, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

We had a group tour and we were able to go down into the archives and see the burial tree poles and large bark paintings!! They have the largest aboriginal art collection in the United States. There are special events in evenings with music ,check out their website always something going on.

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Abingdon
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

This is a small art museum but I think worth the visit. The original art work is very impressive. The paintings tell the history of the Aborigine which is quite interesting.

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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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143 reviews 143 reviews
35 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

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
3 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
7 attraction reviews
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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29 reviews 29 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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