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Museums and Art Galleries

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum
www.virginia.edu/kluge-ruhe
244-0234
400 Peter Jefferson Place, just off 250 East on Pantops
Tue-Sat 9 am-3 pm; Sat guided tour 10:30 am

Australian Aboriginal art. Free.

The Bayly
Bayly Art Museum

University of Virginia Bayly Art Museum ("The Bayly")
website
924-3592
155 Rugby Road (just north of the Rotunda)
Tue-Sun 1 pm-5 pm

15th-20th century American and European paintings and sculpture, plus changing exhibits. Free.

Ruffin Hall Galleries
website
924-6123

179 Culbreath Road
The recently constructed Ruffin Hall is home to several galleries, including a formal gallery on the third floor.
Mon-Fri 8 am-6 pm

Contemporary art, including works by faculty and fourth-year students.

Downtown Galleries
There are a number of art galleries downtown, including Chroma Projects Art Laboratory (Downtown Mall, 202-0269), bozART (Downtown Mall, 296-3919), Higher Grounds (coffeehouse on the Mall, 971-8743), Les Yeux du Monde (next to Starr Hill, 973-5566), the McGuffey Art Center (north of the Mall on Second St., 295-7973), and Mudhouse (coffeehouse on the Mall, 984-6833). Charlottesville also recently opened the City Center for Contemporary Arts (293-7552), home to the LiveArts theater group (977-4177) and the Second Street Gallery (977-7284)

 

Tip

First Friday

First Friday is the monthly opening day for all local museums and galleries. The first Friday of the month, year-round, galleries open new exhibits and offer receptions and artist talks between about 5 and 9 pm. See specific gallery listings for exact hours. (A more complete list of galleries can be found here on The Hook website.) The University museum now offers a similar event on the fourth Friday of the month.

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