Visit Charlottesville's Most Unique Attraction

What can you do in Cville that you can’t do anywhere else in the United States? Visit the only museum dedicated to Indigenous Australian art and culture!

A UVA student explores the artwork of Julie Gough.

Visitors from a federal government leadership program find a lot to discover in the artwork of Judy Watson.

Children work on their kid's activity in the galleries.

Steve Martin and Martin Short recently said we were their favorite place to visit in Virginia, and we have great reviews as a Charlottesville attraction. Looking for something to do on a rainy day? We’re a great option! Searching for a spot to enjoy the outdoors? Our grounds are a perfect spot for a picnic on a sunny day after a stroll through the galleries. We are a welcoming destination for families with children, an adventurous date idea, or a great place for an opportunity to escape and reflect.

Special Closure

The museum will be closed on Tuesday, November 15 to honor the Day of Reflection for tragic events of November 13 at the University of Virginia.

Admission

Admission to the museum is free, but reservations are encouraged. Click here to make a reservation.

Hours

We are open Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 am – 4 pm. We are closed on Mondays and most major holidays; check our calendar for the most up-to-date information.

Tours

We offer a free, 20-30 minute tour daily at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm, led by a volunteer guide. You do not need a reservation for a tour; simply make a reservation for a museum visit at or near the time of the tour.

Access

If you need special access, please call the museum at 434-243-8504 when you arrive or in advance to let us know how we can best accommodate you. Click here for a full list of our accessibility measures.  Service animals are permitted in all public spaces of the museum. Emotional support animals are not permitted. There is a baby-changing table in one of the public restrooms.

Things You Should Know

Please be advised that pets are not permitted in the building unless they are a service animal. Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries. Photography is permitted as long as a flash is not used and the images are for personal use only. We strive to create a safe, inclusive and welcoming environment for all of our visitors. Click to here to plan your visit.

Directions

There is currently construction happening near our entrance. Please plan to visit the museum via Martha Jefferson Drive rather than Worrell Drive, which is closed and under construction.

We are located at 400 Worrell Drive in Charlottesville, Virginia, adjacent to Martha Jefferson Hospital on Pantops.

BY CAR

From Interstate 64 eastbound, take exit 124 (Shadwell) and take a left onto US Route 250 west.

From Interstate 64 westbound, take exit 124 (Shadwell) and take a right onto US Route 250 west.

Go approximately 0.5 mile and turn left at the stoplight onto State Farm Boulevard. Take the second left onto Martha Jefferson Drive. Then take the first left onto Worrell Drive. Then take the first left into our driveway.

From Charlottesville: Take US Route 250 east towards Richmond to Pantops. Turn right at the stoplight onto State Farm Boulevard. Take the second left onto Martha Jefferson Drive. Then take the first left onto Worrell Drive. Then take the first left into our driveway.

Parking is available in the circular driveway in front of the museum.

BY BUS

Public transportation is available to the museum by taking the CAT Route 10, alighting at Martha Jefferson Hospital, stop 17230.

From UVA Grounds, take the CAT Free Trolley from anywhere on campus or on West Main Street to downtown Charlottesville, alighting at stop 11321, 17333, 11015, 11299, 11313, or 11309. Wait for the CAT Route 10 bus, and take it to Martha Jefferson Hospital, stop 17230.

Facing the hospital, look to your right and you will see a big white brick building across the field. This is the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. To walk there, turn to your right and walk up Martha Jefferson Drive. Take a right when you get to Worrell Drive.  Turn left at the sign for the museum and walk up our circular driveway. The walk from the bus stop is approximately 0.25 miles.

BY TAXI

Some taxi drivers are not familiar with the museum and may not know where we are by name. Your driver should be familiar with Hilton Garden Inn or Martha Jefferson Hospital; Worrell Drive connects these two locations and we are at the crest of the hill about halfway between them.