9 CVille-Based Museums You Should Visit


1. The Fralin Museum of Art


155 Rugby Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22903
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The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia maintains a collection of approximately 13,000 objects in support of our mission. The Fralin exhibits American and European painting, works on paper, and sculpture of the 15th-20th centuries; art from the ancient Mediterranean; Asian art; Native American art. Highlights of the collection of modern paintings, sculpture and works on paper include American figurative art and photography.

2. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello


931 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Monticello was the primary plantation of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, who, after inheriting quite a large amount of land from his father, started building Monticello when he was 26 years old. Located just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, in the Piedmont region, the plantation was originally 5,000 acres.

3. Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center


1445 Darden Towe Park, Charlottesville, Virginia 22911
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Located on the banks of the Rivanna River in Darden Towe Park in Charlottesville, Va., the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center is a hands-on center focusing on the historic expedition as a gateway for learning about exploration, transportation, the arts, science, the natural environment, and native cultures.

4. Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society


200 2nd St NE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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The Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society promotes an appreciation of local history so that the past may shed light on the present and the future.

5. Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum


400 Worrell Dr, Charlottesville, VA 22911
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Kluge Ruhe Aboriginal Art Museum is the only museum in the United States dedicated to the exhibition and study of Australian Aboriginal art.

6. McGuffey Art Center


201 2nd St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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With forty art studios that are open to the public, five exhibition spaces, performance and rehearsal space, McGuffey Art Center is one of Virginia’s premiere cultural destinations. Situated in the heart of Charlottesville, steps from the Downtown Mall, McGuffey is a resource for residents and visitors alike.

7. Virginia Discovery Museum


524 E Main St, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Virginia Discovery Museum brings young kids and families together to engage minds, excite imaginations, and encourage exploration of the world around them.

8. Leander McCormick Observatory


600 McCormick Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904
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The McCormick Observatory is one of the astronomical observatories operated by the Department of Astronomy of the University of Virginia and is situated just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia in Albemarle County on the summit of Mount Jefferson (also known as Observatory Hill). It is named for Leander J. McCormick (1819–1900), who provided the funds for the telescope and observatory.

9. Edgar Allan Poe Room


McCormick Road, UVA Campus, West Range #13, Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)–writer, poet, and critic–was born in Boston, Mass. Orphaned at a young age, Poe was raised by John and Frances Allan of Richmond. He attended schools in England and Richmond before enrolling at the University of Virginia on 14 Feb. 1826 for one term, living in No. 13 West Range. He took classes in the Ancient and Modern Languages. While at the university, Poe accumulated debts that John Allan refused to pay. Poe left the university and briefly returned to Richmond, before moving to Boston in Mar. 1827.

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