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!

Visitors in the galleries at Kluge-Ruhe.

Children work on their scavenger hunts in the museum's galleries.

Visitors in the galleries at Kluge-Ruhe.

Visitors in the galleries at Kluge-Ruhe.

We are proud to be ranked as one of the top museum attractions in Charlottesville on TripAdvisor. 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.


Admission to the museum is free, but reservations are encouraged. 

Although UVA has ended its mask requirement, this policy may change without notice. Please bring a mask in case you are asked to wear it by museum staff or a volunteer guide. Whether or not you are vaccinated, if you are feeling sick or ill, please stay at home.


Click here to make a reservation.

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.


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.


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.

The museum galleries are wheelchair accessible. A wheelchair is available for public use upon request. There is one handicapped parking spot on the circular driveway to the left of the main entrance. After parking, follow the brick sidewalk to the non-stair entrance on the right side of the main entrance. We have two ADA restrooms. There are double doors that control the climate between galleries, these doors can be pushed open and if you push them far enough, they catch a magnet and will remain open for easy wheelchair access through the galleries. The Library is not currently wheelchair accessible. We have stools and chairs with backs should you need them. 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. When you enter the museum, turn left, walk down the hall, and it’s the restroom on your right.

Should you need other special access, please contact us via email or phone (434-243-8504) before your visit.

Things You Should Know

Please be advised that pets are not permitted in the building. 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.


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


Some GPS devices do not register our address, so please use Google Maps or follow the directions below.

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 Worrell Drive. After turning onto Worrell Drive, take the immediate right and follow the winding driveway up the hill to the white brick house with the circular driveway.

From Charlottesville: Take US Route 250 east towards Richmond to Pantops. Turn right at the stoplight onto Worrell Drive (the next turn after State Farm Boulevard). After turning onto Worrell Drive, take the immediate right and follow the winding driveway up the hill to the white brick house with the circular driveway.

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


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.


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.