6 Things to Know Before You Visit

UVA students in the galleries at Kluge-Ruhe.

Visitors in the galleries at Kluge-Ruhe.

UVA students in the galleries at Kluge-Ruhe.

We are small, but the experience is rich.

Admission is free and the average visit lasts between 30 and 90 minutes. We offer an interactive, participatory activity where visitors of all ages, including kids and families, can reflect on and share their experience of the current exhibitions. Special exhibitions are accompanied by a free catalog. Our library is open to the public and available for research.

We have a fair-trade, one-of-a-kind gift shop.

The museum has a small gift shop with books, jewelry, and housewares highlighting Indigenous Australian art and designs. We only buy wholesale from Aboriginal-owned art centers and vendors that pay royalties directly to the artists and their communities. Some of our gift shop is available at the University of Virginia Bookstore; click here to see what’s there.

We offer free Saturday tours.

There is a free, guided tour every Saturday at 10:30 am. Schedule a tour for a group or school by filling out our tour request form.

If you are visiting with children, ask for a self-guided scavenger hunt appropriate for ages 3 – 12 at the front desk.

Upcoming events are listed on the calendar.

We are close to tasty eats.

There are many restaurants on Route 250 and Pantops Shopping Center. There are five locally-owned restaurants ranging from kebobs to sushi to diner-style cuisine, seven restaurant chains, and an up-scale steakhouse.

You can make a day of it.

What can you do before or after visiting the museum? The trails at nearby Martha Jefferson Hospital surround the museum and are beautifully landscaped with ponds, wildlife and sculpture.

Darden Towe Park is a five-minute drive and has a playground, a dog park, soccer fields, softball fields, the Rivanna River, and walking trails. The Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center, a nonprofit that investigates the legacies of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, is located in Darden Towe Park.

The Downtown Mall, a pedestrian center with shops and restaurants, is 3 miles away.

Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson and a UNESCO World Heritage site, is 6.5 miles away.

You can make a date of it.

Kluge-Ruhe is open late on Thursday evenings until 8 pm. Why not include us on your Thursday evening date night?

You can stay the night.

There is one hotel within walking distance. Please click here for more accommodation information.