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“Unique and fascinating” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va.

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va.
400 Worrell Drive, Peter Jefferson Place, Charlottesville, VA 22911
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Charlottesville VA
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“Unique and fascinating”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

Big collection of aboriginal art in a beautiful old house - excellent special exhibits. Quiet setting good for contemplating these fascinating objects. Didactics are great. It's a remarkable opportunity, a unique artistic/ethnographic museum out here in the middle of Virginia!

Visited October 2012
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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“Much smaller than I anticipated”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

When a museum is praised as having the largest collection of aboriginal Australian in the US, I expected more than 20-25 pieces of art. What was there was interesting, but there's not much there.

Visited October 2012
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Palmyra, Virginia
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“Hidden Gem of a Museum in C-ville VA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

This beautiful small museum up on a hill in the Pantops section of Charlottesville VA brings traditional and contemporary Australian Aboriginal art work to life. This is one of the few places in the United States where you can experience art that introduces the viewer to Aboriginal peoples' art and culture. Tour on your own or be part of a guided tour. In conjunction with the University of Virginia the museum offers permanent as well as changing art displays, talks by visiting Australian Aboriginal artists as well as continuing ed classes. Definitely a hidden treasure in historic Charlottesville.

Visited March 2012
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lauren m, Guest Relations Manager at Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va., responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Thanks for the stellar review! Everyone calls the museum a 'hidden gem' so thanks for posting it here!
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“Just okay.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

I appreciate the efforts of the curators, but found the exhibit rather thin. Not many pieces on display, and much of the contemporary aboriginal art appears to have been made for the tourist trade.

Visited July 2012
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lauren m, Guest Relations Manager at Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of U.Va., responded to this review, March 14, 2013
I'm sorry you weren't pleased with the number of pieces on display. Unfortunately we are restricted by the limited space in our current location.

It is true that most Aboriginal art you will encounter in Australia and elsewhere was made for sale to those outside their own communities. We acknowledge this fact as part of the history of Australian Aboriginal art and our collection represents the best work from these communities in various parts of their history.
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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“expect the unusual”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2012

Very different perspective on the planet. Place yourself in the mind of the artist if you can. Charlottesville lucky to have this perspective brought to them.

Visited June 2012
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