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AAMU was a unique museum in the centre of Utrecht which exhibited contemporary Aboriginal art from Australia.

It was the only museum of its kind in Europe that is exclusively dedicated to Aboriginal visual arts and culture.

The Aboriginal Art museum was located on the Oudegracht canal and is not far from Utrecht's famous Dom tower. This private museum opened in 2001; it went into administration and closed its doors in 2017.

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The museum was housed over 3 floors. The ground and 1st floors were used as temporary exhibition space - changing 2-3 times per year and often featuring Aboriginal influences on Western artists. The ground floor also contained a small auditorium which showed an introductory film (Dutch but with English subtitles) about the museum and on the origins of aboriginal art.

The film mentioned the various styles of art from different regions of Australia which could be seen in the museum's permanent collection on the top floor. These included bark paintings from Arnhemland, paintings from the Kimberleys and central desert area, pole sculptures of Aurukun and more contemporary paintings and photos from metropolitan Australia. The top floor also had a children's workshop area with an interesting map of Aboriginal Australia.

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There was a conservatory café on the ground floor selling drinks and snacks plus a small outside terrace garden. The museum shop next to the entrance sold books, posters, postcards and Aboriginal items such as boomerangs and didgeridoos. The adjoining museum gallery store sold authentic Aboriginal art pieces sourced either from art co-operatives or directly from artists - although prices are by no means cheap.

The museum collection of 800 works has been given over to the National Museum for World Cultures  which includes Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam, Afrika Museum in Berg en Dal and the Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden.

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