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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: Group tours/walking tour, Walking
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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A must-see!

An outstanding art center! Totally worth the trip! If it were located in an urban center, it would be among the most visited and rated tops!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2015
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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

An outstanding art center! Totally worth the trip! If it were located in an urban center, it would be among the most visited and rated tops!

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Princeton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

A million thanks to the reviewer to mentioned the Clark app. I was able to get the same narration of key pieces of the magnificent Van Gogh exhibit without paying a fee to have an iPad hanging around my neck for an hour. I've been to the Clark many times before and never tire of the collections and exhibitions. This... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

We went to see the Van Gogh exhibit, which was very enjoyable, and nicely displayed. But The Clark is much more than just one exhibit. Plan to spend the entire day viewing three exhibits, walking nature trails, eating lunch by the reflecting pool, enjoying the beautiful scenery, and tranquility of the area.

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New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

As smaller, private family collections go, this one is quite large and well endowed. It was started by one family.. and has become the foundation of one of America’s best teaching and research collections. The museum is located on acres and acres of pristine land in the quaint and charming village of Williamstown, Massachusetts, home to Williams College and a... More 

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Delray Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This was the first time we visited The Clark Museum...and certainly not the last. The Van Gogh exhibit was outstanding. Make sure to see The Piano, which is part of the museums permanent collection.Seeing Whistlers Mother was the highlight of our visit. Parking is a little difficult if you don't arrive early. But, no matter where you park there are... More 

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East Greenwich, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Very much enjoyed this beautiful museum. There is ample parking and there are also outdoor walking trails if you are so inclined. The Van Gogh exhibit was excellent!

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Toms River
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The Clark is a must see museum. The permanent collection is excellent and the special Van Gogh exhibit is well worth a trip.

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Holliston, MA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The space at this museum is fantastic! The collection has classic art and silver pieces. We went for the "Van Gogh and Landscapes" exhibit-very informative and interesting.

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Erving, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We haven't been here for years and the new additions are magnificent! Truly a wonderful museum with friendly staff happy to answer questions, give directions or help out.

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new jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Van Gogh and Whistler exhibits were both well done. The landscape on which the Clark is set is really cool.

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Additional Information about The Clark Art Institute

Address: 225 South St, Williamstown, MA 01267
Phone Number: +1 413-458-2303
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Berkshires  >  Williamstown
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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