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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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New Jersey
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

World class collection (especially Impressionists) in a beautiful setting. Well owrth the wait for extensive renovations and expansion.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We were excited to revisit the new Clark ... we've been coming here for years.The new space is architecturally interesting. the pools and outside areas are pretty spectacular. four or five Adirondack chairs not enough for all who would like to relax by the space. The interiors are vast and somewhat sterile -- and somehow we had expected much more... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The new Clark first opened early this July, and was eagerly awaited by all. The new structure is beautiful and integrates seamlessly with the older building. The reflecting ponds are magical and add much to the experience. They will probably have to add more seats in the shade as this is a popular and beautiful space to sit and reflect... More

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Somerset, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is one of our favorite museums and we visit it annually. It has a wonderful collection of art featuring masterpieces by Renoir, Degas, Monet, Homer and Sargent. Its been closed for 3 years while the site underwent a full scale renovation. It reopened this month to much fanfare and favorable architectural reviews. I'm no expert but I was disappointed.... More

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Saratoga NY
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

The renovations are almost completed. Right now, the parking is an issue. We ended up being guided to a parking area at the Lunder Center, and had a very nice (longish) walk on a paved trail in the woods to get to the main museum buildings. (There is a shuttle service, though the young woman driving one at the Lunder... More

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Salem, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We've been fans of the Clark for a long time, and returned to see the new expansion, which in general is aesthetically quite pleasing, but a little disorienting. Still, once you focus on the art, all quibbles vanish. Marvelous.

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Holliston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I was excited to visit after the recent renovation, in order to experience first-hand what transformations had occurred. This has always been an exquisite museum with crowd-pleasing favorites by the Impressionists and familiar Remingtons and Homers. With relief, I encountered those old friends and discovered many more! The extra space really did augment the entire experience. Yes, the entrance is... More

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massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The long-awaited reopening of The Clark was a thrill for my wife and myself. I read the reviews of the critics, with all their architectural lingo and pronouncements, but if you're just an average person with a love of art in a beautiful setting, then head up to Williamstown and take in this wonderful place. You don't need a degree... More

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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We returned to the Clark after a number of years to witness first hand the stunning addition to the museum and the refurbishment of the original section of the art museum. The interior space of the new addition and the vistas from the interior across the reflecting pool are stunning. Well, other than the obtrusive wall the architect placed on... More

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CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

How did the Clarks know to collect all the art that I love? Or, more likely, how did I know to love all the art the Clarks collected? The core collection is so wide and so deep with so many stars that it is impossible to elaborate. The new building allows much more to be shown and also allows room... More

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