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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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I am not a big art person but this is a very special place that I highly recommend. Try to go in the fall because you can walk around the beautiful countryside in all it's... read more

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We are from U.K. so spoilt with European art galleries. This was expensive and felt it was meant tor the privileged Americans. (I found my love of art by visiting the National Gallery for free.). Go to the Sherburne Museum where it has a collection ... The Haystacks by Monet etc. I felt it was far too expensive for a... More 

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I am not a big art person but this is a very special place that I highly recommend. Try to go in the fall because you can walk around the beautiful countryside in all it's gorgeousness. The art is just awesome and fortunately there are little signs next to each piece so you can learn the story behind it.

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The facility was almost as stunning as the artwork. Unbelievable collection. My favorite room was the Renoir and Monet room. We could have spent all day there. Cost of admission was $20. It was worth every penny and more. We would definitely go again.

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Worth the visit for the architecture alone. Beautiful views and vistas. Free parking and lovely outdoor seating. Great way to view the fall foliage.

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this is a stunning museum with a permanent collection that is worth visiting and revisiting plus a wonderful new space in which, invariably, there are exciting special exhibits.

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If I am in northwestern MA, this stop is a no-brainer! I am always happy to see new exhibits but LOVE coming home to my Impressionists!

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Very impressed by the collection in this relatively small museum. I've been to several major art museums in Europe and the US, and the Clark's collection is right up there.

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This museum has an amazing collection of art, especially Impressionism and American art. The electronic guide is worth quadruple the $5 price. It adds enormously to your experience. This is our fifth or sixth visit and we still learn new things about the collection. This is well worth a visit to the area, especially if you like art.

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Easy parking and a well laid out museum in a beautiful setting - especially in the fall. Many very good paintings both European and American. Allow a couple of hours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We drove out to Williamstown for the express purpose of viewing a special exhibit of classic nudes from the collection of the Prado Museum in Madrid. We stayed on to visit the Clark's even more impressive standard collection which rivals that of most museums of its size. The Clark is a must for any art-lovers visiting this part of the... More 


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