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The Clark Art Institute

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Address: 225 South St, Williamstown, MA 01267-2878
Phone Number: +1 413-458-2303
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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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High Art in the Berkshires

Our tour of the 140 acre Clark Art Institute was one of the highlights of our visit to the Berkshires. The contemporary architecture of the galleries to the pool underneath the... read more

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Our tour of the 140 acre Clark Art Institute was one of the highlights of our visit to the Berkshires. The contemporary architecture of the galleries to the pool underneath the gaze of the mountains in Williamstown, MA gave luster to this brilliant New England landscape. The art inside was more spectacular. The museum housed renowned paintings, sculpture and decorative... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We are from eastern Massachusetts and had never before visited this far corner of the state. Interesting area- more NY than MA in its geographical and cultural makeup.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

The permanent collection is super, especially if you are an Impressionist lover. The extensive addition to the museum delights, both indoors and outside. If you like to hike there are some really nice trails and there is a great patio overlooking the Berkshire Hills. They also have great special exhibits. If you live in Massachusetts, your local library may have... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A little expensive for what was available to see. Not great for a trip with young children, but we knew that going in, went to see a specific exhibit. Outside was beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is an outstanding museum with a large and wonderful collection. Currently there are works on loan through October from the Prado Museum in Madrid. Their own collection contains many masters and many impressionist painting. There is a large collection of Degas and Renoir's. The museum was foundered by Sterling and Francine Clark of Singer sewing machine fame. They were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Beautiful experience from inviting waves of parking attendants to smiling Receptionist helping with the wristbands tickets to Splendor, Myth, and Vision from Prado. The nudes of Titian and Tintoretto, Rubens and Van Dyke looked young and alive with beautiful bodies and glowing skin. But only one of my two teenage Grandsons appreciated! Not everything for everybody, I guess!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is a great museum. Tucked away in little Williamstown MA is this magnificent museum. It was beautiful. Grounds were amazing. Many impressionist paintings by the greats. Loved it. Will highly recommend.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

And they have a spectacular new building by Tadeo Ando in a most bucolic Berkshire Mountain location.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We came especially to see the exhibition of the nudes from the Prado, which was fantastic. There is a great collection of Impressionists, especially Renoir. The new building is beautiful. We had planned to go for a walk in the grounds but it was a sweltering hot day. Next time!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

When I visit the Clark, I am less than 5 miles from home, but it feels like I am in Europe. We locals do not take this collection or the setting for granted. A trip to the Clark is always a good day.

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