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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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Charlottesville, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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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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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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34 reviews 34 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 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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Washington, DC
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

When in Charlottesville, go a little out of your way to visit this gem of a small museum set in the hills. Details about it are in my review of the University of Virginia. Director Margo Smith is wonderful--welcoming, friendly and very knowledgeable about the art and the artists. Afterwards, see some of the other great museums and art spaces,... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

The 'Docents' are very knowledgeable and helpful. If visiting Charlottesville, or a resident of the County of Albemarle = go see for yourself. This is not a Tourist Destination. Just a fine element that contributes toward making "C'ville" a top 10 City. Located on an old estate, the grounds themselves are beautiful.

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Staunton, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

This incredible museum collection and exhibition center houses one of the largest and most comprehensive documantations of Indigineous Australian work in USA. Guests artists from Australia frequent the museum and give lectures on theri work.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

This mansion house now converted to a museum sits atop a hill with a view of a swan pond below. It is a truly beautiful spot. The museum houses aboriginal artwork which is not commonly seen and thus makes it a most worthwhile visit. The staff were particularly helpful. While in Charlottesville, be sure and put this on your itinerary.... More

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lauren m, Guest Relations Manager at Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va., responded to this review

I'm glad you enjoyed our location as much as our collection. You are right that the musem is uncommon - we are the only museum in the United States dedicated to Australian Aboriginal art! Thanks for your review. More

Staunton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

The grounds are very pleasant. The paintings are fascinating. Like no place else. Definitely worth a visit.

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