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Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Peter Jefferson Place, Charlottesville, VA 22911
Phone Number: 4342440234
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Unusual Collection of Aboriginal Art

located just outside of Charlottesville in a beautiful country setting. I liked the location and wide collection of arts.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
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Charlottesville, VA
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Charlottesville, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

located just outside of Charlottesville in a beautiful country setting. I liked the location and wide collection of arts.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Takes a lot to surprise and excite a jaded senior citizen, world traveller, but this art museum did it. Unless you were born in the Outback I guarantee you have never seen art this colorful and inspiring and mysterious.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I cannot say enough wonderful things about the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection. This museum is unlike any other I have ever been to. The museum thoughtfully provides an education of Aboriginal culture through art. They demonstrate social issues of Australia being addressed through art. While the collection exhibited is small due to space limitations, they are continually changing the exhibit... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

This was a neat, relatively small and completely uncrowded art gallery of aboriginal art. While I'm not an expert by any means, I haven't seen any real displays dedicated specifically to Australian Aboriginal art. It is free to get in and the docent was very nice and helpful. We would definitely go back again.

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Boones Mill, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Boasting the largest collection of Aboriginal art outside Australia, this museum draws me back time and time again with freshly changing exhibits of world-class art and free admission. Don't miss it!

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

If you are interested in contemporary Aboriginal Art you will not want to miss this museum....in fact, you will probably already know about it...The art is visually appealing for children as well as adults..but, it is extremely enriching to understand that the art conveys meaning, so be sure to get a docent tour...The docents are excellent...The collection is very large,... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

The largest Australian aboriginal art collection outside of Australia is here, some 1800 works of art in a variety of mediums. But you won't see all of them at any one time. Only a portion of that vast collection is on display for the public. The items on display are rotated periodically from the general collection. But even the few... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Wish I could say more positive things about the museum. It does have art unavailable anywhere else I have seen, but very little. A lamentable feature is in a part of the museum that has poor air quality. The mildew smell triggered my asthma and necessitated in my hasty departure.

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Kluge R, Front Office Manager at Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va., responded to this review

We're sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your museum visit. We have over 1800 objects in our collection, but unfortunately our small space limits what we can show at one time, so we rotate exhibitions on a regular basis to show as much of the collection as possible. We too wish we could exhibit much more! I'm also sorry to... More 

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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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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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