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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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Schenectady, New York
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Some really big changes have taken place since my last visit. First you park hundreds of feet from the building, then navigate a mishmash of long walkways and long hallways to finally get into the museum. From the parking lot it's not at all obvious how to do that - no signage at all indicating where the entrance is in... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

We made a trip to the new Clark shortly after it reopened. While a bit tricky to find the best way from the overflow parking lot, the new Clark Center is a great addition. The permament collection shines in its revamped space, especially the main impressionists. The Winslow homers get prime place of honor at one of the entrances and... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We were very excited to visit the re-designed Clark, and made the trip to Williamstown a couple of days after it re-opened. As expected, Tadao Ando and Reed Hilderbrand did an exceptional job--the Clark is a true architectural gem for the Berkshires! The beautifully-designed interior is an excellent showcase for an outstanding collection; the spacious galleries and strategic lighting truly... More

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

The Clark has a fabulous collection of French impressionists in a gorgeous setting. The new building is a great improvement The collection was always fabulous and now it is even more enjoyable

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Was not sure what to expect on my annual pilgrimage to The Clark; knew the landscape would be different with the new modern addition (called Clark Center) but anxious how the permanent collection would be displayed. Now am relieved to see the permanent collection safely in the original building, displayed on colorful walls, with the Impressionism room full again with... More

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Miami Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

This is a well organized museum with a unique collection. The new building and redesign of the existing to better display the collection is a marvel to see and enjoy. The grounds have many trails and offer a variety of walks with views of the surrounding mountains. Not to be missed.

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Rancho Palos Verdes
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

The Clark has an incredible Impressionist collection. We had a tour with docent Paul White. Try to do that when you're there.

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St. James, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Well worth a visit to Williamstown just to go to the Clark Art Institute. This was my first visit and I loved the architecture of the new addition to the museum. The whole collection was extremely interesting and well displayed. There was a very peaceful feeling about the place in spite of the crowds of visitors. If you are going... More

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Lecanto, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

I first visited The Clark in 1960, when it was just a white Greek revival building with a great collection. When I went back in the 1990s, I was put off by the then-fairly-new entrance building. I had the same reaction around 2008. So I was very pleased to visit in August 2014 and to see the new entrance building... More

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Hilton Head, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

In my opinion there are three reasons to visit Williamstown and the Clark Institute is either #1 or #2 (The Wiliamstown Theatre Festival and Williams College are the other two). They just opened their new Visitor Center last month and it is connected to the Museum Building that has also been renovated. The permanent collection has something for almost everyone... More

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