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Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute

225 South St, Williamstown, MA 01267
+1 413-458-2303
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Ranked #1 of 15 attractions in Williamstown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Walking
Owner description: Th exhibition galleries are currently closed while we prepare for the July 4, 2014 opening of our expanded campus. In the summer of 2014, the Clark... more » Owner description: Th exhibition galleries are currently closed while we prepare for the July 4, 2014 opening of our expanded campus. In the summer of 2014, the Clark will open a new Visitor, Exhibition, and Conference Center designed by Pritzker-prize winning architect Tadao Ando. In celebration of the opening, the Clark will present special exhibitions. The Clark will also re-open its original 1955 museum building with the reinstallation of its permanent collection including seventy-two masterpieces that have been on tour for three years. These great French paintings include works by Renoir, Monet, Pissarro, and Degas. During this last phase of construction, the Clark continues to welcome visitors and provide a quality art-viewing experience. We will be utilizing the two small galleries in Stone Hill Center in fall of 2013 to present a trio of installations: Sacred and Profane: Four Hundred Years of Religious and Mythological Paintings; Land, Sea, and Sky: The Natural World in Art 1600–1900; and Face Time: Portraits and Figures in Paintings and Sculpture. These installations include works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, John Singer Sargent, Piero della Francesca, Claude Monet, and George Inness, among others. Please phone to confirm hours of operation, visitor amenities, programs, and art on view. « less
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Hartland, Vermont
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW

Went to see a wonderful new building at the Clark Museum in Williamstown MA yesterday (July 2014). It just occurred to me that it was serene. I mean I knew that when there, but the word serene just came to me. By the master Japanese architect Tadao Ando as is a small remote gallery building on the same property built... More

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

The collection is fabulous. I was so impressed and surprised as a native NYCer to find such an extensive collection of art from so many famous periods and artists out here. My favorite parts were the plaques next to each piece so thoroughly explaining the background, subject matter, and context of the artwork. The grounds also were just beautiful and... More

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

It waas disappointing the last few times we came to the Clark because the main collection, including most of the Renior paintings were on a world tour. Early in July the museum had the collection back with some dramatic changes to the buildings. The most positive thing was the beautiful reflecting pool outside with chairs to sit and enjoy it.... More

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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

We've visited the Clark off and on since 2005, and were excited about the New Clark. Unfortunately,not much new art. And $20, no discounts, presumably to pay for all the beautiful new new and mainly empty space. DO NOT EAT there, unless you like the idea of a somewhat stale egg salad on damp cold bread which no diner would... More

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Connecticut
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152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW

A wonderful collection of 18-19-20th century American and European art (paintings, sculpture, silver) in a beautiful setting. The new entry building just opened and it has gorgeous indoor and outdoor spaces. The cafe serves a nice choice of healthy foods. The day we visited was rainy so we did not get to walk the trails that criss- cross the property... More

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Woodbridge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW via mobile

Expanded and renovated art museum, just reopened on July 4th. Grounds are magnificent with walking trails and sitting areas. Small cafe on lower level. The collection is wonderful, containing many works of the great masters.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW via mobile

Magnificent Ando addition Great walking trails Fabulous collection $9 hot dogs and a cold chicken soup that was essentially a sweet beverage

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Sally M, Public Relations Manager at Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to write a review. We're very happy that you enjoyed the museum, and sorry that the food was not to your liking. We are currently working with a new catering service and feedback like this helps us improve; we will certainly share this with our food service folks. I hope you will visit again soon. More

Hancock
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Spent 4th of July at the newly remodeled Clark art institute. After spending a reported 145 million the museum is much bigger than it used to be. The place is so big it is great to just meander along looking at all the different art work. One of the big attactions is the 1 acre reflecting pool. Don't forget all... More

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Warren, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Many individual works in the collection are familiar to art history buffs. It's that good. Brand new facility added to, opening today actually! (I got a preview last week.)

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Greenfield MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We enjoyed a Charter Member's Brunch and tour this morning, and how delightful! While I don't think the architecture of the new area will please everyone (personally I am sorry to see the huge wall block some of the lovely landscape behind the museum); go this summer and see it. They have returned all of their treasures to the original... More

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