Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia, Charlottesville

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  • Small and intimate but worth every penny. Unique Australian art known as bark painting adorn this interesting building on the outskirts of the UVA campus. In an interesting park like setting make for ...  more »
  • This museum has an extensive collection of Aboriginal art. Most of the art work was owned privately and donated. We arrived at their opening and were the only visitors. They do not charge admission. L...  more »
  • Kluge-Ruhe has the largest collection of Australian Aboriginal art outside of Australia. It is a wonderful museum and it frequently has artists visit from Australia. If you are in central Virginia you...  more »
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  • Ray did a great job explaining everything. We enjoyed looking at all of the artwork and walking around the museum grounds.
  • This was a pleasant surprise for us. It is "out of the way" but the location is beautiful and a short, easy drive from downtown Charlottesville. The attendant was engaging and helped our 7 year old son feel welcome. The collection itself is not large but I felt this kept it from being overwhelming and allowed us to really take in what was there. There was a scavenger hunt for my son along with a drawing project which helped keep him engaged while his dad and I looked around. The gift shop is small but tasteful and had items to fit any budget. If you are interested in Art, Anthropology, or Indigenous rights I highly recommend making a visit.
  • You would think that being in relation to Kluge they would've found better pieces of art work. The collection I saw was pretty boring, old, and dusty. The person I saw in there was nice, but it doesn't make up for the driving factor, and the finding the place factor. It should be in a better location with a couple better pieces and not "off the beaten path."

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