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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: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Charlottesville
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9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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“unusual museum”
Reviewed 29 November 2013

"Aboriginal" means native Australian art. Unusual collection and quite extensive. Remember, the Australian aborigines arrived some 20-40,000 years ago and lived unchanged until the 1700s. Amazing what they produced as art. Fun to see.

Visited March 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A Suprise”
Reviewed 26 October 2013

I am not a great fan of Aboriginal art from Australia but thought this place might be interesting. It was actually quite nice and the art was fantastic. Too small is my only complaint. (And a little bit difficult to find unless you have sharp eyes to spot their sign on the highway.) An interesting person at the desk helped to make the visit better. The temporary exhibit was also good, but the permanent collection is a gem.

Visited October 2013
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Bethesda, Maryland
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51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“World class museum in historical setting”
Reviewed 28 September 2013

This is one for the fine arts collectors and native arts lover - in the outskirts of Charlottesville, home of Monticello and Thomas Jefferson. John Kluge's collection is one of the most extensive collections of aboriginal art in the world, so it is very much worth seeing. We have never seen anything like this - you would have to visit whole bunch of museums and collections to see the depth and coverage of this collection.
Well worth the visit - next time you are in Charlottesville or anywhere near.

Visited September 2013
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Washington, DC
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Kluge-Ruhe Center”
Reviewed 13 May 2013

When in Charlottesville, go a little out of your way to visit this gem of a small museum set in the hills. Details about it are in my review of the University of Virginia. Director Margo Smith is wonderful--welcoming, friendly and very knowledgeable about the art and the artists. Afterwards, see some of the other great museums and art spaces, like the Harrison Institute for American History, Literatuer and Culture and the Fralin Museum!

Visited May 2013
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Well Worth an Hour”
Reviewed 11 April 2013

The 'Docents' are very knowledgeable and helpful. If visiting Charlottesville, or a resident of the County of Albemarle = go see for yourself. This is not a Tourist Destination. Just a fine element that contributes toward making "C'ville" a top 10 City. Located on an old estate, the grounds themselves are beautiful.

Visited November 2012
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