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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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Teeny But Lovely”
Reviewed 2 July 2014

My only complaint is that I wish there were more. I learned a lot and loved what was on display, but that was less than twenty pieces, I reckon.

Visited July 2014
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Bethesda, Maryland
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26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“An amazing collection!”
Reviewed 11 June 2014

The excellent wall labels provide a good introduction into the mystical and magnificent artwork on display. Take the time to read about the paintings, but more importantly to look closely at and be drawn into these intriguing works. It's a small museum and the works on display change regularly, but it is well worth the time to visit and enjoy the Aboriginal Art from Australia. There is no charge to enter and the small gift shop has wonderful and reasonably priced items to tempt you!

Visited June 2014
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Pennsylvania
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41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed 23 April 2014

No one seems to know about this little museum of aboriginal art. It is set in a pretty house, which unfortunately surrounded by an industrial park, but it is well worth going to. Very nicely displayed art, with a lot of interpretation and helpful staff.

Visited April 2014
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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94 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“top and only”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

It is THE most significant Australian Aboriginal Museum in the U.S.
Thanks to the Kluge family, it is based in Charlottesville, Virginia…a perfect spot as students can learn a great deal about Australia and the people, while at the university.

Visited November 2013
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Boones Mill, Virginia
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77 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Window on a Different World”
Reviewed 25 December 2013

Said to house the largest collection of Aboriginal Art outside Australia, Kluge-Ruhe offers a very rare opportunity to see the world through the eyes of a culture with an astounding and radically different perception of reality. These eye-opening, mind-bending exhibitions change frequently, tempting visitors to return as often as possible.

Visited October 2013
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