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Williams College Museum of Art

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Address: 15 Lawrence Hall Dr, Ste 2, Williamstown, MA 01267
Phone Number: +1 413-597-2429
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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: WCMA sparks new ways of thinking about art and the visual world through...
WCMA sparks new ways of thinking about art and the visual world through its innovative exhibitions, programs, publications and projects. At the heart of the Williams College campus the museum draws on the collaborative and multidisciplinary ethos of the surrounding college to enliven the more than 14,000 works in its growing collection. The museum and its collection is a catalyst for student learning and community engagement. Situated in the rich cultural landscape of the Berkshires, WCMA is free and open to all.
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Small Museum, Big Punch

What a funky place! It's a small space, but it really featured some interesting art I haven't seen before. Definitely worth a trip if you are in the area.

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 8, 2015
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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Somerville, Massachusetts
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

What a funky place! It's a small space, but it really featured some interesting art I haven't seen before. Definitely worth a trip if you are in the area.

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Utica, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Well worth the visit when you go to see the Clark. Some very nice trompe l'oeil and a nice range of special exhibits when we where there. Especially interested in the Islamic calligraphy but there was contemporary installations, a wide range of masters. No fee. Enjoyed it!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Stopped by on a whim while traveling through the area and had a very enjoyable 2 hour visit. The museum has an eclectic collection, some of which are curated by the students who did a very good job. As an example we enjoyed a special collection of Indian raga prints, a modern art installation on Franz West https://artsy.net/artist/franz-west focusing on... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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8 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Heavy on the "hidden". But worth seeking out with a little walking to find. Franz West was fun to see.

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West Orange, New Jersey
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37 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This little on-campus museum in Williamstown is a gem. Many people mention that it's free, but you should also appreciate that its gift shop is very reasonably priced and helped me solve a few birthday present voids! The staff is friendly, and it's worth a stop as you tour the area and travel Route 2.

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Arnold, Maryland
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7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

the architecture and exhibits complimented each other -lines of the structure and curves of the sculptures

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new canaan ct
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49 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

A small art museum always worth a visit. I go every time I'm in Wiliamstown. Features small, good shows covering major world art traditions. Exhibitions change several time a year.

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Toronto, Canada
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35 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Dropped in for the folk art show which was small and well laid out. Like lots of college galleries there are the usual space issues but there is a variety of things to appeal to all interests. I hope the sparse attendance was just a function of the time of visit as all the effort should be better appreciated.

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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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22 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Yes, in comparison to the Clark, the Williams College Museum of Art is a lot smaller, but it earnestly makes up for it in the quality of the absolutely fascinating exhibits it stages on a regular basis. At times it almost seems like the offspring of The Clark and Mass MoCA for the combination of avant garde art and classical... More 

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NY
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17 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

It is free and small. The staff is delightful and helpful. Two levels and usually a special exhibit.

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