KLUGE-RUHE ABORIGINAL ART COLLECTION
The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia is the only museum outside of Australia dedicated to Indigenous Australian art. This national center for Aboriginal art in the United States has a collection of more than 1900 objects. It is located on an exquisite, historic location on Pantops mountain. To plan your visit, click here.
MORE THAN A MUSEUM
About Indigenous Australian Art
Whether on bark, canvas, or in new media, Indigenous Australian artists have expressed the power and beauty of their culture, across cultures, showing their enduring ownership of and responsibility for ancestral lands, the continuity of their identities and beliefs, and their rights to exist in the modern world. This ability to speak across cultural borders, without forsaking any of its distinctive identity, makes Australian Aboriginal art among the most innovative and challenging contemporary art produced anywhere today.
Art has the power to change our community and our world. For centuries, Indigenous people around the world have been silenced. Therefore, Kluge-Ruhe is dedicated to changing that. The museum amplifies Indigenous voices and knowledge, sparking conversations that change people’s ideas about race, Indigeneity, identity, privilege, and history.
Beyond its constantly changing exhibitions, Kluge-Ruhe brings more than 25 Indigenous artists and scholars to Charlottesville throughout the year to discuss their art practice and create new artwork. In addition to a variety of lectures, symposia, and hands-on workshops, the museum also offers scavenger hunts for children aged 3 – 12, interactive activities for all ages, and an annual summer series featuring the best in local music, food trucks, and beer, wine and cider. While the visual arts is its primary focus, programming spans a broad range of interests, from racial and social justice, to fashion, film, and the future of Indigenous studies.
Be sure to check here for special events happening at Kluge-Ruhe during your visit.
LOCATION & HOURS
400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911
Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm
Free Guided Tours
Every Saturday at 10:30 am