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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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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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Beautiful and relaxing visit

Visited with son, daughter in law and in-law. The artwork was beautiful. I wish it had more. The interactive display was very relaxing, as I could sit and make my own artwork with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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North Carolina
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North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited with son, daughter in law and in-law. The artwork was beautiful. I wish it had more. The interactive display was very relaxing, as I could sit and make my own artwork with paints, from stone. The facility is lovely as well. Well worth a visit and its free!

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Chapel Hill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is on its own campus on the other side of Charlottesville from UVa. We brought a Boy Scout group of 40 and were very pleased with the exhibits and especially the opportunities for the boys to do their own artwork. I wish we could have stayed longer.

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USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

How much do you know about Aboriginal people? Well after a tour of Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, you will want to know more. Each artist rendering tells a story to the history and traditions of Aboriginal life. The grounds are lovely. Pack a lunch, bring a blanket, sit for awhile. Tour, learn, purchase books, calendars to keep. This museum is... More 

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winnipeg, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

The museum was built from private collections, and has some good items, though it is quite small; but a pleasure all the same.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

This is the nation's largest / only (?) exhibit of Australian Aboriginal art. It's a wonderful free option while visiting Charlottesville and walkable if you are staying at the Hilton Garden Inn. I have been to Australia and spent time there enjoying Aboriginal art as well as starting a personal collection, so I had to temper expectations. The collection was... More 

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minnetonka. minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

The building was owned by Thomas Jefferson's father, and the setting is beautiful. The permanent collection, and the exhibition on Australian aboriginal art that we saw in September, were world-class

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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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