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Kluge-Ruhe Gallery Tour. Photo by Tom Cogill.

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Darden Executive Leadership Program tour.

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What is a tour like?

Tours are given by knowledgeable staff and trained docents. General tours provide an introduction to Indigenous Australian art using current exhibitions. Tours can be tailored to fit your curriculum or special interest; please indicate what this is when you fill out the Tour Request Form below. We can focus on a wide variety of topics, such as social justice, mindfulness, Indigenous Australian histories, music, art materials, and many more.

Tours are wheelchair accessible and stools or backed chairs are available for those who require them. Should you need other special accommodations, please contact us via email or phone (434-244-0234) before your visit.

How many people can I bring on a tour?

Tours are offered by appointment to groups of 10 or more people, for ages 3 and up. We can comfortably accommodate a group of 20 people in the galleries with one guide. If your group is larger than 20, your group will be divided into smaller groups led by multiple guides. If your group is less than 10 people, we recommend attending the free, guided tour offered every Saturday at 10:30 am. We can tailor your tour to accommodate a wide variety of audiences, such as toddlers, people with memory disorders, people for whom English is a second language and more.

How long does a tour last?

Tours can be customized to fit your group’s schedule, but a typical tour lasts between 45 and 90 minutes. We prefer that groups request their tour one month or more in advance of the date they would like to visit. Sometimes we can accommodate groups that give us less notice, but we cannot guarantee it.

How much does a tour cost?

Community tours are free and open to the public, but many groups give a donation of $5 per person. Tours for public schools are free of charge. Tours for private schools have a recommended donation of $3 – $5 per student. Admission to the museum is always free.

What else can we do while we are there?

By request, tours can include the handling of objects from the Education Collection or a hands-on art project.

  • By request, behind-the-scenes tours of art storage are sometimes available.
  • Outdoor tables are available in nice weather for picnic lunches before or after the tour.
  • To learn about our gift shop and nearby restaurants and attractions, Plan Your Visit here.