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Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

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Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Peter Jefferson Place, Charlottesville, VA 22911
Phone Number: 14342440234
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Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is the largest collection of...
The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is the largest collection of Indigenous Australian art outside Australia, and comprises over 1800 objects and paintings created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from different regions of Australia. Visiting the Kluge-Ruhe is a terrific opportunity to learn about a different culture, view a film of artists creating and discussing their art, and see the gorgeous views of Charlottesville from this museum on a hill. An exhibition of works from the permanent collection is changed annually, while special exhibitions in the rotating gallery change every four months. Special events include lectures and performances by visiting artists, scholars, and musicians, film screenings, and educational programs for all ages. A free guided tour of the current exhibitions is offered each Saturday at 10:30 am.
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This is a great place to learn about Aboriginal Art.

Wonderful collection of Aboriginal Art. I learned a lot about how the art was/is produced. It will make you want to go down under to see this art produced for yourself.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

Wonderful collection of Aboriginal Art. I learned a lot about how the art was/is produced. It will make you want to go down under to see this art produced for yourself.

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Vienna, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I don't particularly care about aboriginal art but I am glad I visited this museum. First of all, it is in a lush park-like setting at the top of a hill. Second, the building was designed by Thomas Jefferson. Though he never lived there, it was in his family for quite some time. The building serves several functions, with the... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

This is a very small museum and won't take long to visit. We stopped in on our way back from doing something else. It you find other cultures interesting it is certainly worth a visit. There was good signage to explain what you are seeing.

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Charlottesville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

We visited the museum with my daughter and grand daughter. Much of the art consisted of dot paintings, each one telling a different story. The explanations were excellent, as was a may showing the locations of each family grouping. There was also a special photographic exhibit of young aboriginal men with targets painted on their chests.

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The Kluge-Ruhe is a rare gem in the United States: a true window into the little understood realm of aboriginal art. The art on display is modern, not ancient, but having been to Australia recently, we instantly saw that artistic themes and techniques have been passed on through the generations. Our two grand-daughters (11 and 14) were charmed by the... More 

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suburban Boston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

The exhibit space (aside from temporary exhibits) is only 4 rooms, but it has excellent contemporary aboriginal art. It's worth a trip if you like aboriginal art or if you've never seen any - and the price is right (free.)

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This is a small museum in a beautiful setting, featuring art by the aboriginal people of Australia. It is unlike any other art I've seen, and it is both beautiful and fascinating. A rare treat!

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Vernon, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This wasn't what I was expecting. It was much better. The works at the museum are created by contemporary Aboriginal artists. The interior was getting a new coat of paint when we visited, so not all of the galleries were accessible. This fact did not diminish the enthusiasm of the staff member who greeted us and gave us her undivided... More 

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John Day, OR
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Only museum in the US dedicated to aboriginal art. Hidden gem. If this is at all an interest of yours don't miss it.

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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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