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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: 14342440235
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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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Gorgeous and Unique Collection of Aboriginal Art

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

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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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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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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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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Address: Address: 400 Worrell Drive, Peter Jefferson Place, Charlottesville, VA 22911
Phone Number: 14342440235
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville
Open Hours:
Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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