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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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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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It is hard to believe that in Williamstown, There is a museum of this caliber. From Monet, Renoir, homer Winslow and others was a treat not to be missed. Paintings from the... read more

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Nyack, New York
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Nyack, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is hard to believe that in Williamstown, There is a museum of this caliber. From Monet, Renoir, homer Winslow and others was a treat not to be missed. Paintings from the 1500's hundreds in wonderful condition. Thermostatically controls in this recently renovated building help a lot. because we visited in November, the reflecting pool was closed. If you like... More 

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North Yorkshire, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The quality of the art works and the beauty of the surroundings and ease of design make The Clark Art Institute a joy to visit. Being from the UK I was ignorant of its existence but being an art history student from old I was truly delighted by it. Now I know of it I would certainly make a long... More 

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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful, modern campus (it is BIG) that showcases impressionist art collection of Singer Company heir, Sterling Clark. Takes several hours to see it - we broke for lunch in their good, but expensive cafe.

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Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I have driven from our home in Amherst many times to visit the Clark. We are never disappointed by their exhibits. Easy museum to maneuver through and just fun to see what special,exhibits they have at any one time. Go and enjoy.

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Dennis, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Don't miss out on visiting this place. The exhibitions are incredible. If you love art, this is a must stop

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum itself is pretty small but the collection is good, visiting exhibitions are often excellent, and the grounds are expansive.

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Sanibel Island, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Clark Institute is a remarkably housed, beautifully laid out collection of incredible paintings. The recent expansion has been done beautifully, expansively and expensively.Each room is themed and the detailed description accompanying each painting is well done, sometimes with sly humor. The knowledgable staff is helpful and well informed ( they can also point out where the bodies are buried).... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had not been to the Clark in years, and were thrilled with the new campus. On a brisk fall day, it was a perfect place to spend time indoors and out on the walking trails. The Impressionist collection is phenomenal, but that's not all. The Clark is serious about many different collections and they are curated with intelligence, but... More 

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New York, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum has a collection of paintings. The paintings I liked the best are "Dismounted" by Frederick Remington, and the one of Napoleon on horseback.

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New City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our first visit was yesterday. The "new" 2014 Clark seems perfectly fine, as we hadn't seen the old one--- I think it is just the modern addition. But other than the difficulty of finding the front door, (either of them), we really liked the architecture. It seemed to work well with the lovely surrounding landscape. Our main reason for going... More 

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