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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
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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We went for the special exhibit on load from the Prado in Madrid of Renaissance nudes which was excellent. However, their permanent collection is amazing and worth the trip.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Williston, Vermont
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Williston, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went for the special exhibit on load from the Prado in Madrid of Renaissance nudes which was excellent. However, their permanent collection is amazing and worth the trip.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

At least every other year I visit The Clark because of a really knock-out exhibit they're hosting during the summer season. In 2016 it was several rooms of paintings loaned by the Prado. The Clark was the only location of this exhibit, and many of the paintings have rarely been seen in North America and few have never been seen.... More 

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Pompton Plains, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The recent renovations to this building have made it more airy and light and a work of art in itself. The permanent collection is a good one, but the special exhibits are eye-popping. Ample parking on a landscaped plot, with golf carts to carry visitors to the main building. Commendations to the staff for courtesy and helpfulness.

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Rye, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As you enter the courtyard with its beautiful serenity pool with stones covering the bottom you can gaze at a stone covered wall that seems to be lite from inside. The architecture of the new section is superb. Right now the Prado exhibit is worth the trip to see. Yet year round the art collection in the old section is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The architecture and the setting in beautiful grounds alone could make this an amazing place to visit. Added to this are the high quality temporary exhibitions and the great range of paintings, sculptures and artefacts in the permanent collection and in fact what more could you ask for. I particularly loved the collection of Pissaro's paintings but there is something... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is far more than just Renoirs, but the Collection does have a very large amount of Renoirs. I thoroughly enjoyed the main Collection. The ‘nude’ exhibition was interesting. I’m not sure that there is a need for the audio program as the ‘writeup’ next to the artwork was enough for me, but that’s a personal decision. You can... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was our absolutely favorite museum during the trip to Western MA! We enjoyed the temp exhibition of "Nudes" from Prado, the vast collection of Renoir, the grounds around museum. Audio tour enhanced our experience. Reserve at least 5 hours to fully enjoy the Clark.

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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The permanent exhibit at the Clark is astonishing. It focuses on Renoir, Impressionists, Homer, Sargeant. The building is magnificent for viewing the art. The grounds are stunning, bucolic. The visiting exhibits would be phenomenal in any museum. The curators are top notch. It's nothing short of an extraordinary museum.

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Mr. and Mrs. Clark had a fine eye when they started buying art in Paris a hundred years ago. It helped that he was heir to the Singer Sewing Machine fortune. My favorites were Renoirs, not usually the case. Their first by this artist is wonderful, a woman knitting. The whole collection is amazing and housed in low modern buildings... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The building is innovating, gorgeous, & refreshing. The Nudes were there from Spain. Creative minds & talent. The paintings and sculptures are displayed brightly and tastefully. Outside is a view of manicured mountain along with pools of running water over river rocks.

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