The house and grounds at Monticello were the home of Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States and popularly known as the author of the American Declaration of Independence. According to UNESCO, which has designated the property a World Heritage Site, Jefferson was also a talented architect of neoclassical buildings. He designed Monticello (1769–1809), his plantation home, using an architectural vocabulary based upon classical antiquity that symbolizes both the aspirations of the new American republic as the inheritor of European tradition and the cultural experimentation that could be expected as the country matured. This tour of the house and grounds discusses Jefferson’s ideas of freedom and the realities of slavery that shaped the United States during his lifetime. This tour includes bus transportation and entry to the grounds.
The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
The Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the exhibition and study of Australian Aboriginal art. Our mission is to advance knowledge and understanding of Australia’s Indigenous people and their art and culture worldwide. Working with living artists, international scholars and arts professionals, we provide a wide range of learning experiences to the University community and the public through exhibition, research and educational programs. The Kluge-Ruhe Collection came into being in 1997 through a gift by American businessman, John W. Kluge (1914-2010). Influenced by the Dreamings exhibition in New York, Mr. Kluge began collecting Aboriginal art in 1988. Over the next decade he compiled one of the finest private collections of Australian Aboriginal art in the world. This special tour by the director is limited to 20 people.