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Kluge-Ruhe ReLaunches ‘Night at the Museum’ • Wednesday May 24, 2017

*On June 15, 2017, the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA will begin its fifth annual summer series called Night at the Museum. It’s an opportunity for locals and tourists alike to explore its newest exhibitions, eat from the best of Charlottesville’s mobile food establishments, sip on the area’s beers, wines and ciders, and listen to some of our best local musical talent, all outdoors on its beautiful Pantops location overlooking Charlottesville.

“Many locals have heard about Kluge-Ruhe, but just haven’t found the time to visit yet. This event is so accessible: those who are coming for the first time will discover a diverse and fascinating culture as an added perk to what they would probably already be doing at the start of a summer weekend, which is to experience the best this town has to offer in food, libations and music,” said Education and Program Coordinator Lauren Maupin.

On June 15, the event will feature a new exhibition of paintings on board and canvas by Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, beer from Devil’s Backbone Brewery, and several food truck options. The Jon Spear Band will deliver their award-winning original blues tunes.

July 20 will boast the talent of Adar, a five-piece band that will showcase their deep well of originals and their new takes of covers that transcend genres from jazz, blues, soul, rock and more. Beer from Blue Mountain Brewery, wine from Glass House Winery, and eats from The Pie Guy, Tacos Gomez, and Got Dumplings will be served. The museum will unveil a new exhibition in its permanent collection galleries of artwork recently donated to the museum.

Closing out the series on August 17, Hardywood Park beer and food from Mouth Wide Open, the Pie Guy and others will be served. Highlighting this event is Chamomile and Whiskey, who have played at festivals such as FloydFest and shared the stage with acts like Old Crow Medicine Show and the Infamous Stringdusters. Their eclectic sound that blends Americana and southern rock with Irish, Gypsy and Old-Time influences will celebrate the end of summer.

Each event will have a kid’s zone with various activities for children of all ages. The exhibition The Mysteries That Remain, which is the first museum survey of internationally acclaimed artist Mick Namarari Tjapaltjarri, will be on view throughout the summer. Flat-chat tours, brief ten minute tours that focus on one object from the permanent collection, will be a chance to dive a little deeper.
The event is free for members of the museum or $5 for non-members. A special membership rate of $25 per household is available at the door.

Contact Lauren Maupin at or 434-244-0234 with questions.

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