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The Clark Art Institute

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Address: 225 South St, Williamstown, MA 01267-2878
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+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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Amazing museum - world class collection, without the overwhelming scale

This is a must-see, world class museum! The collection is astonishing (especially impressionists), and very well organized. With the quality of collection at par with... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is a must-see, world class museum! The collection is astonishing (especially impressionists), and very well organized. With the quality of collection at par with Metropolitan, Louvre etc., it is small enough - so you can actually explore the entire museum without being overwhelmed. Downstairs space for temporary exhibitions is worth checking. During our visit it had an amazing exhibition... More 

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Stamford, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great Museum. They do family days and local free admission. Always a fun visit.The exhibits change and the stable collection is always a worth visit again and again. Local shops etc and also a wonderful museum shop

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Shirley, Massachusetts, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I love the European masters and the Clark had plenty for me to see, without exhausting me. Check the website to see what else is on display when you are planning to visit. I like the information provided by the audio tours and the benefit of being able to borrow a folding chair to take with you to the galleries.... More 

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Montclair, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A day well spent at the Clark. Outside the glass walls are the green hills of the Berkshires. Within are classic paintings from many greats. Memorable visit. Must do if in the Berkshires.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I loved the Japanese woodblock exhibit that was running and was blown away by the extent of the collection. For a first visit here, I thoroughly enjoyed this museum.

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Chicopee, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

No matter the exhibits on display, the Clark is the perfect place to spend an afternoon. Whether you appreciate art or just like to sit and ponder, there is a spot for you there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was one of my favorite museums for the quality of the paintings. A must see in the area. Didn't think much of the restaurant though.

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Brooklyn, NY
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

A really beautiful building, on a well-maintained campus. Look forward to returning in the summer to hike the campus trails. Decent collection of European and American art - coupled with the Williams College Museum of Art, a good day trip.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 30, 2016

This museum is a gem. The collection is first rate and the space is conducive to contemplating the art in a thorough way. The impressionists, in particular, are not to be missed.

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Weston, Vermont
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 29, 2016

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown MA has just completed a massive expansion and renovation project and is a charming, restful, informative, gorgeous retreat for a few hours contemplation of some terrific works of art. The new wing features a reflecting pool, complete with outdoor seating during the warmer months and expanded gallery space, offering special exhibits during the year.... More 

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