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The Clark Art Institute

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Address: 225 South St, Williamstown, MA 01267
Phone Number: +1 413-458-2303
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The Clark Art Institute is best known for its French Impressionist...

The Clark Art Institute is best known for its French Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, and especially Pierre-Auguste Renoir, with more than thirty paintings by the artist. The collection is also rich in American paintings by Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, George Inness, Frederic Remington, and Mary Cassatt; Italian and Northern Renaissance masterpieces; portraits and landscapes by European masters; and an extraordinary collection of silver, porcelain, and furniture. An active program of special exhibitions brings great works of art from around the world to the museum.

Designed by renowned Pritzker Prize-winning architect Tadao Ando, the recently opened Clark Center is the centerpiece of the Clark's campus. The center includes special exhibition galleries as well as retail and dining spaces. It overlooks a dramatic three-tiered reflecting pool, integrating indoor and outdoor spaces and creating a stunning visual connection to the woodland surroundings and other buildings located on the campus. This sweeping new landscape design transforms the Clark's 140-acre campus and underscores new sustainability initiatives.

In 1950 the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute was founded as a permanent home for the private art collection of Sterling and Francine Clark. In 1955 Sterling-who was an avid horseman with strong family ties to Williamstown and Cooperstown, New York-and his wife Francine presided at the official opening of the museum, sharing their magnificent yet little-known collection with the world for the first time. Since the founding, the museum has gained international stature for the quality of its collection, innovative special exhibitions, and Research and Academic Program.

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Incredible collection in small New England town

The Clark started as a private collection of paintings, silver, sculpture, China and furnishings in the 1950's. It has amassed into an incredible collection of offerings dating... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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Langhorne, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Clark started as a private collection of paintings, silver, sculpture, China and furnishings in the 1950's. It has amassed into an incredible collection of offerings dating back to the 15th Century. Quite a gem. The entrance fee is a bit steep at $20 for adults. No Senior, AAA or AARP rates.

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Clark has an outstanding art collection. Major strengths are Renoir and Monet with excellent Hoppers. There is also an extensive collection of 19th century and earlier paintings. The museum itself is beautifully organized and makes viewing the collection easy and relaxing. The Clark is worth visiting many times. Admission is free on first Sundays, at least until June 2016.... More 

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Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The expansion accommodates all of the masterworks acquired by the Clark curators. The layout categorizes the various works by their periods. An Eye for Excellence: Twenty years of Collecting is extraordinary. The grounds contain may trails for casual hiking. This is a must stop if you 're in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderfully diverse collection. I sat for a full hour in the mid-museum lounge just looking out the wall window onto the snowy hillside. Saw two deer, children sledding, and couples strolling despite freezing temps. Can't want to return in summer when the reflection pools are full and the gardens in bloom. And yes, the collection has some Big Boys including... More 

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Brookline, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

World-class collection, especially Impressionist painting. Beautiful setting. Docent tour informative. Food somewhat overpriced.

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New Hartford, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Clark Institute is a gem of a place located in Williamstown, MA. It hosts an amazing collection of classical and contemporary pieces including Van Gogh, Monet Degas Rodin, etc. The building is wheelchair accessible, although the Van Gogh exhibit that I visited was very tightly packed and those in wheelchairs would have had some difficulty getting around. General admission... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

Just an incredible collection. Totally manageable and well curated. The addition and the visitors center is great, and the gift shop/ design store is probably my favorite shop in Williamstown.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

This was our third visit to The Clark and as in previous visits we were not disappointed. We especially enjoy Winslow Homer and they have a first rate sampling of his work, along with Remington, Monet, Degas, Sargent, and even William Bouguereau. Wow!! Leave at least 3 hours to browse through the collection. The new buildings that house the artwork... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Had heard a lot about the Clark, but had never been. We were there for the Van Gogh and Whistler's Mother exhibits. Both exhibitions were very well curated; the latter much more interesting and thoughtful than I imagined. The Clark's own collection was a treat to view too. Don't miss a chance to walk the Clark's grounds or to plant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

This is in the Berkshire Mountains and is surrounded by natural beauty. The architecture of the buildings appear to be in harmony with the landscape. If weather is nice, enjoy the hiking trails and plan a picnic, if not, there is food available right here but we took advantage of the very nice dining options nearby. Once inside, the building... More 

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