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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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A great variety in art.

I worked in art education for many years. There is a tendency to focus on the better known paintings by famous artists. The Clark has a number of less well known paintings by... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 4, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

I worked in art education for many years. There is a tendency to focus on the better known paintings by famous artists. The Clark has a number of less well known paintings by those artists. I really liked looking at these paintings and other works.

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Troy, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

This was my first visit to The Clark since it's recent refurbishment/additions. I very much enjoyed the Van Gogh and Whistler traveling exhibits. However, it was a gorgeous day and I took the short hikes through their trails (yes, they have extensive land holdings) and marveled at the recent architecture work from a distance and up close -- truly spectacular!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015 NEW

The Clark Art Institute is a very good place to visit on a rainy day. The paintings that we saw I found fascinating! There are 20 different galleries to look at one of which was closed off maybe because they put any special items they may get in there and they were between specials when we went. The one drawback... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015 NEW

Even if you're not into art, the location and building is worth the trip. There are many of the Masters that are recognizable to the average person. And the history of the Clarksville is fascinating.

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Troy, New York, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

My favorite art museum in an area with several good ones. The settling is fabulous. Williamstown is adorable and quirky and unusual, dominated as it is by the college bearing the town's name. The permanent collection is wonderful ( my husband was in Barcelona and they had an exhibit of Clark paintings on view - and the same happened to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Unexpected gem of a collection - well worth the trip from Tanglewood area. The guided tour was worth every minute; a terrific half day's outing!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

I have been to The Clark a number of times, but not since it has added more buildings. Van Gogh and Whistler's Mother exhibit were shown. Chaos begun as we encountered the young people "handling" the parking. They had absolutely no idea how to move the cars along. A total disaster. Finally parked, inside the ticket area, there were no... More 

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Sally M, Public Relations Manager at The Clark Art Institute, responded to this review

We're sorry that your recent experience visiting the Clark did not meet your expectations. The Van Gogh exhibition was indeed a blockbuster, viewed by over 170,000 visitors in 90 days - that is nearly 2,000 visitors per day. The Clark staff did their very best to accommodate every visitors; by and large visitors had a positive experience. Insider's tip -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Went to see Whistler's Mother before it left the museum. The exhibit was beautifully curated and the walk up the hill, through the woods to the museum was serene and tranquil. The food at the cafe was some of the best food I had in Williamstown.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

The special Van Gogh exhibit was over, but James Whistler's "Whistler's Mother" was on display along with numerous of his etchings and lithographs. This special exhibit was in the building at the top of the hill. We really enjoyed the permanent collection. It had a range of painters and sculptors represented...large number by Renoir, some by Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

I have loved the Clark for years but have not been back for many years since leaving Mass. It has expanded into a new and impressive annex. This is one of America's finest small art collections with many iconic pieces you've seen in reproduction. Amust see when in Western Mass or VT!

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