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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
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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Beautiful Place

The Clark Museum is a beautiful museum in the most perfect setting. The collection is vast for a private collection. It is a must see for art lovers.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 25, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

The Clark Museum is a beautiful museum in the most perfect setting. The collection is vast for a private collection. It is a must see for art lovers.

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Cheslyn Hay England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

We were told of the magna carta exhibition, statute of independence, emancipation of slaves etc. there were 5 documents of major importance on display for the first time under the same roof. So glad we made time to visit the staff were welcoming and informative an unmissable event. This combined with many other great exhibits. Well worth a visit

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Ithaca, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Truly a hidden gem with an incredible art collection in a stunning building. Old masters mingle with contemporary artists in a magnificent setting. Truly a "must see" when visiting Williamstown and the Berkshires

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Harvard, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

superb collection. Impressive even for boston and NYC. Their newly renovated museum was also nice. Would love to come in the summer and see the outdoor trails.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

The Clark used to be a welcoming gem in the Berkshires. Quaint old building with a great and eclectic collection. People with much more money than aesthetic sensibility and taste have absolutely destroyed the place with a renovation that is ugly, oppressive and ultimately apropos of nothing. So sad to see this wonderful place defaced in this boorish manner. Jon... More 

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Hadley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Aside from the great art collection we enjoyed, the buildings in themselves are sculptures and is a great visual experience just walking around. It should be on a must visit list for everyone with artistic inclinations.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

The general gallery was outstanding with rooms full of the old masters such as Renoir, Degas and my favorite Monet. The Winslow Homer exhibition was spectacular! The current exhibition of Monet/Kelly, however was disappointing. The later works of Monet before he died were so abstract, it was hardly recognizable. Lunch at the Starr Restaurant in the Clark was very enjoyable.... More 

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West Brattleboro, Vermont
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

What a disappointment. We have visited the Clark at least 20 times before. It has a charming collection of eye candy art that pleases without challenging and sometimes that feels just right. The Renoir painting of onions is a world class piece and the maybe almost certainly Rembrandt is quite a wonderful piece no matter who painted it! We finally... More 

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Somerville, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We went for a getaway to go and see this museum and a few others in the area and my goodness what a first impression. The architect, Tadao Ando did such an incredible job. We couldn't leave without a book about his work! The exhibits were so varied and it satisfies most tastes in my opinion. We saw the Monet... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Having heard of the Clark for many years as well as the recent mixed reviews of the architectural transformation, we finally made the trip this past October - and are glad we did. TA reviews suggest a "small" collection but we found the quality and breadth of the permanent collection to be very satisfying. As for the new design, I... More 

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