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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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I would strongly recommend excellent art so very well displayed and organized quite a large crowd went through with relative ease and I appreciate the free shuttle for those who... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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Honeoye, New York
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Honeoye, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

I would strongly recommend excellent art so very well displayed and organized quite a large crowd went through with relative ease and I appreciate the free shuttle for those who chose not to walk

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McKinney, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

This is such an amazing art museum, such a treat! I never expected to find such an exceptional art museum in a small town like Williamstown. We were fortunate to catch the Van Gogh exhibit. Wow. Next time we visit, we will return to this beautiful museum.

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Wakefield, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

We have been to the Clark several times, but not since the renovation. Eager to see the Van Gogh exhibit, we decided to visit before returning home the day after a trip to Saratoga for horse racing. We arrived shortly after the museum opened and already it was crowded. As is true with these blockbuster exhibits, it can be difficult... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

The Clark was always my favorite small art museum (along with the Frick.) I was shocked at the crowds since the new gallery space opened! The entire street was full of cars because the parking lot was overflowing. So crowded! The Clark was always peaceful and quiet. No more. The new gallery space, reflecting pool and eating venues will guarantee... More 

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Newton, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

I have been coming to The Clark for over 40 years. Over the past few years, it has improved from a small, quiet museum with an interesting collection to a really great museum. The old building is charming and one of my favorite museum spaces. The new spaces are beautiful. There are now trails through the property. The special exhibitions,... More 

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East Hampton, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Van Gogh exhibit makes the trip worthwhile. Ending Sept 12 but catch it if you can. Museum also has an excellent collection of French Impressionists as well as American Art (Its well edited).

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Haven't been to the Clark since the great renovation. Now there is a wonderful space for special exhibitions. The current and soon to close Van Gogh exhibit is indeed special. Beautifully curated and very educational re his progression as a person and an artist. I must admit it moved me to tears. Also on view is Whistler's Mother on loan... More 

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Franklin Square, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Totally beautiful art museum in the Berskhires. We saw Whistler's Mother. Student rates are cheap. Show your ID

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Four of us took a day trip mid summer to the Clark Art Institute. Yes, we viewed the Van Gogh and Whistler exhibits, both of which were excellent. For Van Gogh, we viewed his origins in nature; for Whistler, we saw his brilliant drawings. However, beyond the temporary exhibits are the beautifully designed and constructed buildings of the Clark itself,... More 

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Boston MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We didn't understand all of the architectural choices here, but there is no doubt that the thrill of stretching out in a sleek, modern adirondack chair overlooking the lake and green hills beyond makes the Clark a unique treasure. The special exhibit on Van Gogh's nature pictures was well-edited and informative without being too long. The permanent collection is surprising... More 

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