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Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum

The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the exhibition and study of Australian Aboriginal Art. Working with living artists, international scholars and arts professionals, we provide a wide range of learning experiences to the University community and the public through exhibition, research and educational programs. The museum was established through a gift by American businessman John W. Kluge in 1997. Influenced by the Dreamings exhibition in New York, Kluge began collecting Aboriginal art in 1988. He compiled one of the finest private collections of Australian Aboriginal art in the world with a focus on contemporary works from Arnhem Land and the Western Desert. In 1993, Kluge purchased the collection and archives of the late Professor Edward L. Ruhe of Lawrence, Kansas. Ruhe began collecting Aboriginal art while visiting Australia as a Fulbright Scholar in 1965. He exhibited his collection widely in the United States between 1966 and 1977. Ruhe’s library and archives comprise the core of the Kluge-Ruhe Study Center. Free admission and parking. Open to the public. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 4 pm; Sunday, 1 – 5 pm

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Addl Info Tour Planners We offer a free guided tour every Saturday at 10:30 am.
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Aboriginal Art Tour

  • From: May 04, 2013
  • Times: 10:30 AM
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

Join the Kluge-Ruhe Collection each Saturday at 10:30 am for a free, guided tour of the museum's current exhibitions. No reservations required.

Art and Country

  • From: May 15, 2015 - May 08, 2016
  • Times: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

Art and Country is a diverse selection of works on canvas, paper and eucalyptus bark drawn from the Kluge-Ruhe’s permanent collection. The exhibition explores the range of ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists develop and maintain relationships with “country,” their homeland. Many artists represent features of the landscape to communicate their ongoing connection to their ancestral land and the Dreaming. Other artists raise awareness about the dispossessio... Visit Website

Tots and Dots

  • From: October 06, 2015 - December 01, 2015
  • Times: 10 am, 11 am and 12 pm
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

Join the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection for this two-part early visual literacy program for children ages six months to four years. The first twenty minutes will feature a brief tour focusing on basic elements of visual art and ways to further stimulate visual and interpretive development in young children. According to early childhood development studies, infants and toddlers are attracted to high contrast visuals, bold images, and colorful objects, making Aboriginal art the perfect start... Visit Website

Tots and Dots

  • From: December 01, 2015
  • Times: 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm
  • Phone: 434-244-0234

Join the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection for this two part early visual literacy program, featuring a brief tour focusing on basic elements of visual art followed by multi-sensory structured play for children ages two to four and social play for babies. Ages 6 months to four. Crying babies welcome.