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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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Boca Raton, Florida
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339 reviews 339 reviews
166 attraction reviews
301 helpful votes 301 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

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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57 reviews 57 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
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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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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257 reviews 257 reviews
59 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 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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21 reviews 21 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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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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158 reviews 158 reviews
40 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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Kluge R, Front Office Manager at Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va., responded to this review

We are sorry that the museum didn't live up to expectations. We also find it unfortunate that our space restricts our collection of over 1800 objects to a few small rooms, and for this reason we rotate objects out regularly to show as much of the collection as possible. Our small space also severely limits what sculpture we can exhibit.... More

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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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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