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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.

Ongoing Impact

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.

 

COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

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.

 

SPECIAL EVENTS

Be sure to check here for special events happening at Kluge-Ruhe during your visit.

LOCATION & HOURS

400 Worrell Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22911

Visiting Hours 

Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm
Sunday, 1 pm – 5 pm
Closed Mondays.

Free Guided Tours

Every Saturday at 10:30 am

PARKING

Available in the circular driveway in front of the museum.

For detailed directions and transportation options, click here.

PLAN YOUR DAY

MONTECELLO TOURS

Visit Montecello, just at ten minute drive from Kluge-Ruhe. Choose to spend around thirty minutes touring the first floor of Monticello or take additional time for extended tours, like the Slavery at Monticello and Garden and Grounds Tours.

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MICHIE TAVERN

Michie Tavern, located down the mountain from Monticello, provides hearty midday fare especially convenient for famished tourists looking to extend their day in Charlottesville. Learn more on the Charlottesville Guide Attractions Listing

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CARTER MOUNTAIN

A convenient pit stop to watch the sunset after a day at Monticello, Carter Mountain reinforces an authentic Central Virginia experience complete with homemade cider, donuts, and ice cream.

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THE FRALIN MUSEUM OF ART

Still have an appetite for art? The Fralin Museum, located at the University of Virginia, hosts many diverse exhibits that change on a regular basis.

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