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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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NY
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Been there before the 'renovation' and now again. It is a major museum and requires at least 2 hours

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Fort Lauderdale
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Great collection for its location. Nothing to dislike and amazing to see. It is world renowned in it size range

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Rome, New York
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21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

I am far from a connoisseur of art, but this museum was the best I attended in the Berkshires. Its eye-catching and futuristic grounds and buildings belie the classical art within. If it has a motif, it is French Impressionism, for it is well endowed with the masters, including an extensive collection of Renoir. Of particular interest was the on-loan... More

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vermont
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

the Clark Institute is, in my experience, one of the must-see destinations in New England. I look forward to going there, time and again, and it never fails to thrill. Add to that the recent renovations and now even the design of the buildings and grounds will awe you. All this in the setting of a bucolic New England college... More

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Ballston Spa, New York
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11 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The museum has been completely renovated and has added many new galleries, so if you have been here before, you haven't been here yet! We went to see the Impressionist paintings and loved the David Smith "Circles". The view from the upper buildings is fabulous and in the Fall, must be spectacular. This is a wonderful place for established art... More

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Poestenkill NY
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

How do I start? "The Clark" as it is called by most, is a friendly, accessible, BEAUTIFUL - and to me - a completely unexpected jewel I was fortunate to discover many years ago. A small but expertly curated and operated art museum in a picture-perfect New England village. The Monets ! The Manets. The Whistlers! Duerer. Constables. Homers. Cassatts.... More

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Montreal
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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

This is an out of the way jewel that should not be missed by anyone who likes art. Newly designed with walking trails.

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The Village, Manhattan, NY
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48 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Most mid and large size cities would absolutely kill to have an art collection like this one. It is just amazing. It many aspects it is similar to the Kröller-Müller Museum in The Netherlands (also a MUST see museum). It is located off the beaten path and it also is a nice place to hike and take in nature at... More

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Philadelphia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We went to The Clark because we wanted to see the new expansion. Yes, it is stunning: the expansive open spaces, the new bookstores and cafe, the wonderful reflective pool outside. But the real gem is the original museum, now in pristine shape. The Clark's had an enormous appetite for collecting an incredible breadth of wonderful art. They do not... More

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New York NY
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We were at the Clark several years ago, when it was still housed in the old building. The new building is impressive and lovely looking, but if all you want to see is the permanent collection(rather than any special exhibit), there is a lot more walking. There is also an impression of wasted space: it's as if you are meant... More

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