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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 2013
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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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The collection changes bi-annually or annually - I'm not sure. Nevertheless, it has an amazing collection of both permanent and on-rotation art and artifacts, despite it being a small museum. Visit during winter - it is free.

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

I live in a suburb of Albany, NY. This is about a two hour drive away but I make the trip every couple of years. It is by far the best small art museum around. The collection is truly amazing. A number of the French Impressionists are on display including drawings and paintings by Degas, one copy of his statue... More

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

We have not been there since the renovations began, but we especially have enjoyed Expressionist shows there, because that is what we like.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

This museum has first rate paintings from well known artists. I can't wait to get back once the renovations are completed.

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Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We visited the Clark when it was closed for renovation, but a small exhibit was open in another building on the museum campus, the Stone Hill Center. The renovations are scheduled to be completed in July of 2014, but if you have a chance to visit before March 2014, this small but lovely exhibit is worth the visit, and admission... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

Love viewing art at the Clark - no rush or crowds. Can not wait until the expansion and renovations are completed.

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Buffalo, New York, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

We visited last November and the museum was under extensive renovation with a few limited galleries open. We enjoyed seeing the art they had on display last year. When we returned this November, we were hopeful that renovations were complete. But alas, they were not. So only a few small galleries were open. It is a beautiful facility, and we... More

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

Thank you visiting and for your patience during our renovation. We are planning for a summer 2014 opening and return of the permanent collection. If you just can't wait to see some of your favorite paintings, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston is the next venue for The Age of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Sterling and Francine Clark... More

Williamstown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

World-renowned for its collection (especially French and American artists), the Clark also curates works on loan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

Disappointed that museum is closed except for a small nearby gallery of "favorites." Can't wait for the new spaces to open!

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

So sorry that you were disappointed, but very happy you are looking forward to the reopening in summer of 2014 - we certainly are excited and anxious to share the new and renovated spaces with our guests. More

georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I love visiting the Clark when I am traveling to the Williamstown area, and this latest visit was no exception...They had curated an extensive collection of work by Winslow Homer and it was great to see his work as a beginning illustrator, as well as the seasoned painter that he became. Really wonderful and they are nearing completion of a... More

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