Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville: Hours, Address, Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia Reviews: 4.5/5

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia
4.5
Art Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 4:00 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
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection is the only museum devoted to Indigenous Australian art outside of Australia, and comprises over 2000 artworks created by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across Australia. The museum is currently open by reservation only, giving you the museum entirely to yourself for a 30 or 60 minute time period! To make a reservation, visit: https://kluge-ruhe.org/make-a-reservation/ An exhibition of works from the permanent collection is changed annually, while special exhibitions in the rotating gallery change every four months. We work collaboratively and consistently with Indigenous Australian artists and knowledge holders to prioritize their voices and create a platform for important dialogues about art, culture and diversity in our world.
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Andee110
Fox Point, WI15,087 contributions
Oct 2012 • Couples
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.
Written November 12, 2012
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pattysoule
Palmyra, VA34 contributions
Mar 2012 • Friends
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.
Written July 19, 2012
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Thanks for the stellar review! Everyone calls the museum a 'hidden gem' so thanks for posting it here!
Written March 14, 2013
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daysandusky
Kansas City19 contributions
Jul 2012 • Family
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.
Written July 10, 2012
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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.
Written March 14, 2013
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Jane C
Deltaville, VA62 contributions
Mar 2012 • Couples
Modest but superb collection of aboriginal art. Very knowledgable staff. A rare treat in an unexpected location.
Written March 17, 2012
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Andiamo_38
Charlottesville, VA196 contributions
Jan 2012 • Friends
This museum is small, easily accessible and fascinating. It is the only museum in the USA dedicated to Australian Aboriginal art. It is a must for any artist and also for anyone interested in Australia and Aboriginal culture. I like it because it's not too overwhelming and each painting has an explanation. I also appreciated the video the day I visited which was an interview of the artist whose work was on display. Also the staff are discreetly around if you have questions. Some posters, prints, paintings are for sale.
Written February 17, 2012
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tindc
Washington,DC126 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
This is a small but great museum. We really enjoyed the artwork and it was super easy to book an appointment online. We really loved the huge paintings and it was fun for the kids to see up close.
Written April 5, 2021
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jehenson81
Washington DC, DC22,085 contributions
Nov 2018 • Solo
This art collection is a surprising find in Charlottesville of all places. The collection is small but reminded me of my time in Australia as well as my own Aboriginal paintings. The bark art is very unique as I never saw that during my travels. The dot paintings were my favorite and the special glass exhibit was very cool as the artist is based out of the Canberra Glassworks where I took two glass classes. Fun and free.
Written December 1, 2018
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stephgrich
46 contributions
Mar 2018 • Friends
This museum is great. It is a small space so they rotate the collections to keep it fresh for returning visitors. It was a really enjoyable time and the greeter was very sweet. The museum is free and does not take much time, so you should fit it in to your schedule!
Written March 10, 2018
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jimtons
Chicago, IL125 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
This is a very small museum in what is the main house of an old estate outside of downtown Charlottesville. There are only about 4 galleries and a hall. It is devoted exclusively to art of the Aboriginal tribes of Australia. This may sound a bit esoteric, but artwork is wonderful. It is really an expression of the cultural heritage of the aboriginal tribes and it is very moving and quite different than anything I have seen. You also learn about the suffering and persecution of these people. The museum is set in the grounds of the former estate and is lovely. You can do the museum in 30 min and it is worth it. It is also free!
Written November 8, 2017
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JEHfromVA
Chester, VA86 contributions
Sep 2017 • Solo
Tucked away in a park-like setting, this is a very small museum with an unusual type of art. No admission fee, small but adequate free parking area. Docent will give you a small intro to the museum when you enter. Exhibited items change regularly so it will not be the same on every trip.
Written September 18, 2017
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