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The Clark Art Institute

225 South St, Williamstown, MA 01267
+1 413-458-2303
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Ranked #1 of 15 Attractions in Williamstown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Walking
Owner description: The Clark Art Institute is best known for its French Impressionist paintings by Claude Monet, Edgar...
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Type: Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Walking
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

The collection is world class. The newly redesigned entrance is only fair. This used to be a free museum off season. They are now charging admission.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

I've worked in the museum/ auction house industry for many years, so I've seen lots of art. Yet, I was blown away by the quality of works at the Clark. Their Gerómês' alone are worth the trip. I could spend all day looking at them. The only way to improve this museum would be to get the security guards chairs... More 

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New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

A must for any art lover visiting the Berkshire area. A small museum with a wonderful permanent collection enhanced by the new wing which houses special exhibitions.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The Clark has an amazing collection of some of the world's finest art. What makes it even more amazing is that it is in Williamstown, MA, a small college town in the northwest corner of the state. This past year they created a new entrance and outdoor space. This makes the views outside beautiful, particularly during the fall leaf changing... More 

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Perkasie, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This is first time we have made a visit to the Clark since it's new opening with the expanded building plan. Now the entire collection is on view for the public to see. The new space includes a wonderful new cafe where we had a delicious lunch in a contemporary and comfortable decor. The Monet/ Kelly exhibit showed Monet's last... More 

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Chatham, Massachusetts
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71 reviews 71 reviews
9 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

We were totally dazzled by the elegant new entrance to the museum and the overall upgrades to the property. This extensive collection of masterpieces is well worth traveling to see it. This time I took the audio tour with the IPad providing even more interesting detail with many of the most important pieces. I highly recommend this place which is... More 

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The Clark never disappoints! Amazing shows and the permanent art collection means you can always enjoy visiting. And also check out the nature trails...the view from the hill above is totally awesome and reason enough to visit. Wish I were there now!!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Not having visited the Clark in its earlier incarnation I can only say that the space and light afforded by the new building is superb, we had no trouble finding the entry, loved sitting on the terrace looking out across gorgeous water and landscape but most of all loved the collections. They are well displayed and reveal so many superb... More 

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Clinton, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

The Clark is a fabulous world class museum and and worth the trip from anywhere. I marvel that many visit Williamstown and miss seeing the amazing collections that make their home here. While I did not warm to the new entrance and long walk from the parking lot, I truly enjoyed the amazing artwork and felt a contrast between the... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

This museum is probably one of the best in Massachusetts. It's collections are amazing most recently had the Magna Carta. If you have to really see a museum in Western Massachusetts this is the one to go to. The priceless art pieces are amazing it takes about 2 to 3 hours to complete and the grounds are stunning

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