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The Clark Art Institute

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Address: 225 South St, Williamstown, MA 01267
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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Superb museum in beautiful setting.

Exceptional permanent collection of Impressionists; gorgeous grounds; Japanese style reception building with open stairways, excellent gift shop and restaurant; current exhibit... read more

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Exceptional permanent collection of Impressionists; gorgeous grounds; Japanese style reception building with open stairways, excellent gift shop and restaurant; current exhibit "Nudes from the Prado Museum---oustanding.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Clark Museum is well known for wonderful exhibits including this year's selection of Rubens and Titian nudes from the Prado as well as a vast permanent collection of well known artists like Winslow Homer, Renoir and Degas. But what really surprised us was how delightful it was to eat lunch outside in the back of the building with a... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have been to The Clark many times in the past, but had not been there in more than two decades. The special exhibit, which featured paintings by Titian, Rubens, and others from The Prado in Madrid, wasn't exactly my cup of tea, but I'm glad that I saw it. However, I remembered well their wonderful collection of Impressionists, and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I've been interested in art and architecture for many years. I'm 64 and I find that I prefer visiting smaller scale destinations as opposed to the expanded MFA Boston for example. This was my first visit to 'The Clark', about a two hour drive from my home near Boston, and I enjoyed everything about it, starting with the richly veined... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had heard this museum mentioned many times but never had the chance to go and see it. It's a lovely art museum with an extensive range of artwork. The things displayed change after a few months but the exhibit I saw was quite good with very well known master artists. What I also found extraordinary were the grounds which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We were delighted with our visit to the Clark Museum, and recommend it completely. The temporary collection from the Prado was excellent; there are many suburb pieces in the permanent collection. The site is beautiful.

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Sandwich, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Our last visit was 30 years ago. All of the changes are exceptional. The highlight of the collection are the paintings by the Impressionists.

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The fact that it is a little off the beaten path makes it even more special. The porcelain and silver pieces were as exceptional and fun to look at as the canvases and sculptures. Beautifully curated, presented and maintained. Great cafe, too!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Each time we visit the Berkshires, we make a pilgrimage to the Clark. Beautiful museum. Great traveling exhibits! Remarkable base collection! Well worth seeking out for the dozens of Renoirs only, there is PLENTY to celebrate here! They have moved the parking farther away, apparently due to their terrific success. Very difficult for those with injuries, canes or wheelchairs. Those... More 

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Pomona, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We hadn't seen it since before it's renovation. What a great surprise! The building, the artwork, the grounds...all magnificent. There are even hiking trails. If you are in the area, don't miss it!

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