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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

Amenities
Bus Parking
Casual Dress
Child Friendly
Handicapped Accessible
Smoke Free Environment
General
Addl Info Tour Planners We offer a free guided tour every Saturday at 10:30 am.
Free Admission
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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.


Night at the Museum

  • From: June 18, 2015 - September 17, 2015
  • Times: 5pm-9pm, band goes on at 6
  • Phone: 424-244-0234

5:00 – 9:00 pm, band goes on at 6 pm $5 non-members, FREE for members Join us for Night at the Museum, your opportunity to explore our exhibitions after hours and enjoy the best food and music in Charlottesville! With food trucks, beer from Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, and music from local band, Bourbon Barrel Congress, this event is not to be missed. Not a member? Now is your chance to become one! A special membership offer of $25 per household will be available at the door.... Visit Website


ARTinstead Festival

  • July 11, 2015
  • Times: 10 am - 4 pm

Join the Kluge-Ruhe Collection for the ARTinstead Festival! This special event will include drop-in art workshops, community dialogue, and a panel discussion with artists who address issues of race and identity in their work. Together we will celebrate, respect, and learn about diverse cultures and identities. Stop by for any part of the event or stay for the entire day. The event is free and lunch will be provided! The ARTinstead Festival is a celebration of NAIDOC Week, a holiday to honor the... Visit Website