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Williams College Museum of Art

15 Lawrence Hall Dr, Ste 2, Williamstown, MA 01267
+1 413-597-2429
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Ranked #3 of 15 Attractions in Williamstown
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: WCMA sparks new ways of thinking about art and the visual world through its innovative exhibitions, programs, publications and projects. At the heart... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Kingston
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

This museum is worth visiting. The selection may not be as extensive as Clarke Museum but you can't visit one without the other. Staff is also quite helpful and peasant.

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Montreal
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Between the Clark Institute and Mass MOCA, this small museum is definitely worth a stop. The free entry is another incentive.

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London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews 52 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 via mobile

We lucked out and were in williamstown on a summer Thursday when the wcma is open late. They had a lovely patio for drinks and some impromptu live music after our short stop at the museum. We really enjoyed the exhibit of New England art, and especially the installation of art pieces that Williams college students can pick to house... More

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St. James, New York, United States
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66 reviews 66 reviews
18 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

This is not a large museum, but certainly worth a visit if you're in the area or even near the area. Not too many parking spaces, however.

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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Don't miss this museum, especially now that the Clark has become a behemoth of tourist stops. The permanent collection features some great treats, especially the Grant Wood, which I prefer over a roomful of most Homers. As well, the new curated and traveling exhibits are almost always exciting and educational. I like everything about this unpretentious, accessible museum from its... More

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Salem, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We love museums that aren't busy, so the Williams College Museum of Art was a big hit on that count. Loved the exhibit of prints that had been loaned out to students—a fabulous (and generous) concept!

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New Jersey
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12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We always totally enjoy the exhibits at this museum which mixes contemporary and traditional art and artifacts. The museum shop is also lovely with great gift items. The setting and access to the museum are great. Lovely outdoor sculptures and seats. There is no admission charge so how can you beat that? Certainly a must see in the Berkshires.

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Lowell, Michigan, United States
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

My husband and I both enjoy art and often visit museums when we travel. Because we could only do so much in our visit to Williamstown, we opted for the free campus Museum of Art. It has a nice variety of art on display in several galleries.

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

The Williams College Museum of Art has a very nice collection of early American art. It also has eclectic art and some contemporary pieces. It would be a shame to be in Williamstown and miss this small but worthwhile museum.

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Indianapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Went because of a suggestion by the resort concierge. Has a good cross section of student works and modern masters (Wood, Whistler, Ansell Adams, Cassel, etc.) . But the real gem (for me) was tucked away on the second floor. One of the original copies of the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, a copy of the Federalist Papers printed by Franklin... More

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