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“Australia in Charlottesville!”

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Deltaville, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Australia in Charlottesville!”
Reviewed March 17, 2012

Modest but superb collection of aboriginal art. Very knowledgable staff. A rare treat in an unexpected location.

Visited March 2012
2 Thank JaneCutler
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English first
Charlottesville VA
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Intimate and enjoyable little museum of Aboriginal Art of Australia”
Reviewed March 15, 2012

I went once with a friend and we very enjoyed the quiet atmosphere and impressive collection so much we returned for their monthly lunch tour.

The docent tour of about an hour carefully explained various aspects of the art and was followed by lunch around a large table. We had the option to pre-order a box lunch (veggie option available) or bring our own. A very pleasant experience.

Visited April 2011
Thank Lulu22902
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Charlottesville, Virginia
Level 6 Contributor
143 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Fabulous collection of Australian Aboriginal art. A must see for artists.”
Reviewed February 17, 2012

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.

Visited January 2012
2 Thank Andiamo_38
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