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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
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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A Side Trip that made my day

I had wanted to visit the museum for a couple years and finally had a chance to do so while passing through. Was lucky enough to view the tremendous Albert Bierstadt's Puget... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I had wanted to visit the museum for a couple years and finally had a chance to do so while passing through. Was lucky enough to view the tremendous Albert Bierstadt's Puget Sound, on loan to the museum after winning the Super Bowl bet. I took my time going through all of the perimeter galleries and was amazed at the... More 

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New York City, New York
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

I see that some people do not like the design of the new museum complex. I frankly drove a long distance to this place not to admire the building, but what's inside it. It's a really great collection and this visit will sure remain a treasured memory. The kids liked it, too. Now back to the building - it's modern... More 

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania
18 reviews 18 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

You cannot go to Williamstown without a trip to this museum. I still have a poster from a 1989 exhibit!

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Red Hook, New York
11 reviews 11 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

What an easy to love collection of art. And not so large that it is overwhelming for an afternoon visit--although there were single rooms alone that you could spend a couple of hours enjoying! If you have time, the grounds themselves are another treat.

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New Hampshire
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

The Clark is a hidden gem in the Berkshires. A must-see for art and architecture enthusiasts. There is a cafe in the new exhibit space which I wish I had known about in advance.

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Boston, Massachusetts
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

In one sentence - you can spend time in a room full of outstanding impressionist art. The lesser works are also wonderful - paintings, silver, furniture, china and porcelain. My favorite spot to relax is the lobby outside the entrance of the museum, with beautiful views of the scenery.

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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

A great place to visit on a cold winters day. The Machine Age Modernism: Prints from the Daniel Cowin Collection introduced us to an art style that we knew little about, but learned shortly to enjoy by attending the outstanding lecture provided by the Clark. I would give it a 5 star except I found the new Center to be... More 

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Glenville, NY
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17 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

The Clark Museum is situated in the Berkshires in the town of Williamstown MA. The museum features great temporary exhibits as well as permanent exhibits that include work by Monet, Renoir, Degas, Rodin, etc. It is well worth the trip. The town itself is quaint with some small shops and restaurants. The first Sunday of every month is free admission.... More 

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

Thank you for the great review - we're so happy you enjoyed your visit. Free admission is offered on the first Sunday of the month October through May! More 

Hong Kong
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25 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

We went to Clark museum for the 2nd time for a family outing. The collection is simply amazing, the audio guide was extremely well designed and provided a lot of information for us to better understand their collection. The building itself is an art! I felt so relaxed whenever I go visit Clark museum. Cons: The parking is a bit... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Take advantage of the various tools provided by the museum. Top of the list is museum's acoustic / video guide. Extremely well designed presentations of art in every exhibit. Also check the ClarkArt.edu website, especially under "Browse the Collections." Excellent information about the art which is helpful to review, both before and after your visit. The museum's goals include: "... More 

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