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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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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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Wonderful art in a serene setting

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Boston, Massachusetts
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Boston, Massachusetts
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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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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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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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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 

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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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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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Amherst, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

I recently visited the Clark Art Institute for the first time and was utterly blown away by the collection. We planned to stay for 3 hours with the hope that we would make it to MassMOCA in North Adams, but soon realized that we would be staying at the Clark for the day. The 19th Century European Art Collection is... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

You must go. Lovely lovely lovely. Great Impressionists and a gorgeous setting. You can also hike on the grounds.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Be sure to visit The Clark when you're in Williamstown. It's in a gorgeous building in a lovely natural setting.

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Great Barrington, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The permanent collection is worth a visit. The architecture of the museum is breath-taking as it highlights the amazing views. The cafe is also good with reasonably priced food.

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Hancock, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The newly-renovated Clark is really quite stunning. I live nearby so go frequently and it is beautiful year-round. The cafe is a quiet place for coffee or a light meal or snack and the special exhibitions and the permanent collection are beautifully displayed. There are also lovely walking paths up the hill and into the woods behind the museum --... More 

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