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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: Walking, Group tours/walking tour
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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What a Treasure House!!!

We went to see the Van Gogh In Nature exhibition, which was an incredible show. The exhibit highlights works with botanical elements--no "Starry Night" here, and shows his... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

We went to see the Van Gogh In Nature exhibition, which was an incredible show. The exhibit highlights works with botanical elements--no "Starry Night" here, and shows his evolution through several styles before he became the artist we know. The highlight of the permanent collection is a huge room full of Renoirs and other Impressionists. A must see museum.

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Newport, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

What a surprise! ....rich exhibit of Van Gogh's works in nature including many of his rarely seen early, somber works. The dedicated collection of impressionist art is truly an inspiration rarely seen on this side of the Atlantic. A must see!!

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Westbrook
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

The Clark was always a gorgeous place. The fantastic new wing, very modern on that classic beginning, works beautifully. And the outdoor pond and walking trails made me feel I was on some idyllic continent. The $20 [no concessions for elderly, but yes for students] admission is steep, but it is well worth 'breakfast at The Clark' Possibly the most... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

Incredible collection of art I'm partial to Impressionist work and there was plenty to see. One negative was that parking lot was full and we had to park on street and walk. Yes of course I could use the walk. Anyway Reflecting pond and walking paths are also nice. You can order lunch and eat it there or bring your... More 

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Tuscumbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The paintings covered his too-short life span. There were sketches never before found displayed side by side with the finished painting. After leaving Holland and moving south to France, he found the bright colors of Japanese brochures. His color palette got much brighter, but his love of Nature was outstanding. His clouds and trees are minimalist but he was so... More 

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Conway, Massachusetts
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The new Clark is sleek (though I did love the "old" Clark). It's very different architecture and likely a bit controversial with patrons. However, no matter the outside of the building, the inside houses "wonder" and just so much beauty. There is always something new (as in the Van Gogh Exhibit already mentioned). And then there are my old favorites:... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

A beautiful setting for an outstanding small museum with a noteworthy collection of art work by Renoir, Degas, and many other familiar artists. The Van Gogh exhibit is excellent. If you are in western Massachusetts, don't miss it.

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Sturbridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The newly renovated art museum is one of the best in New England. I'm an art docent at Worcester Art Museum and this is a beautiful setting for a great collection especially the Impressionists. Quite a collection of Renoirs. Their docent tours are top quality but not available everyday so check at the admissions. There is a new exhibition area... More 

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Hillside,NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW via mobile

This special exhibit called Van Gogh and Nature displays works from all over Westerb Europe and done from bites Anerican collections . It takes up nearly the entire new floor which opened a year ago and you will wish the toom goes on forever. Even if you have seen abd enjoyed the regular exhibits, this summer only exhibit is worth... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

We visited recently for the Van Gogh Exhibition, which was first class. Paintings from all over the world brought in for the exhibit and no extra charge or time view, so you could spend all the time you needed to browse. The permanent collection of French Impressionists and also American artists like Winslow Homer are unbelievable. The building has recently... More 

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Additional Information about The Clark Art Institute

Address: 225 South St, Williamstown, MA 01267
Phone Number: +1 413-458-2303
Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Berkshires  >  Williamstown
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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