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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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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Walking, Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Awesome architecture, wish more art on display

Had been wanting to return to the Clark ever since the renovations happened. The new architecture is beautiful, even on a soggy, rainy day, and the renovated site is sure to be a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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white plains NY
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

Had been wanting to return to the Clark ever since the renovations happened. The new architecture is beautiful, even on a soggy, rainy day, and the renovated site is sure to be a destination for parties and corporate events. Absolutely beautiful. I am looking forward to seeing more of the collection on display. What we saw on this trip was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Amazing collection of 19th century paintings (Manet, Monet, Renoir, Pissaro, Sisley, Degas... plus lots more), set in a newly renovated and expanded museum location, with beautifully kept grounds and lovely walks to relax after your visit. Vaut le deplacement!

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Fort Worth, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

This museum has a wonderful collection of Reniors, Degas and other impressionists. A variety of painters from different centuries including some early American (eg a few Remmington), silver and porcelain. Clark, an heir to the Singer sewing machine fortune, had lived in Paris in the early 1900s. The grounds are also beautiful with a water area with chairs for relaxing.... More 

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Washington,DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

the museum has recently been enlarged, and the building is now just remarkable. The outside--brought in by the numerous glass was and windows, is as much a part of its beauty and the architecture and the collection. Try to leave an entire day--there is so much to see. There are beautiful grounds with places to picnic or just sit by... More 

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Canton CT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

This impeccable art collection features the Impressionists, but includes other treasures as well. The grounds invite strolling and picnics.

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Londonderry, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

This Museum has a wonderful collection and is very impressive to visit. The building alone is beautiful and the grounds are immaculate with great trails. Plan to spend a day hiking, seeing great works of art, and visiting the quaint town of Williamstown.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The Clark Art Institute not only has great collection that is well displayed, it is an excellent example of how a talented designer can merge modern design with a much more traditional original building. The facility also is an engineering marvel that incorporates water pools into the building heating/air conditioning system without it being noticed. The art exhibits should satisfy... More 

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Easthampton, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Clark Art Institute is truly a gem. I had the privilege of speaking at the Mid Atlantic Museum Store Association conference held at the museum and took some time to enjoy the exhibits and explore the grounds. There are beautiful woodland paths to walk and the fall foliage must be spectacular. There are several buildings (walking may be challenging... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

It's worth a trip just to see Tadeo Ando's masterful expansion of the Clark. The original galleries have been beautifully renovated to showcase the museum's extraordinary collection. Make sure to check out the museum's excellent website ahead of time (www.clarkart.edu) so you can make the most of your visit.

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Key West, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

We liked everything: the setting, the design, the textures (particularly the stone walls), the light, the use of space and what can be said of the collection except more of the same, magnificent. It had been so long since we went to a museum that was not filled with hordes of urban art lovers and we luxuriated in our time... More 

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