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Williams College Museum of Art

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Address: 15 Lawrence Hall Dr Ste 2, Williamstown, MA 01267-3248
Phone Number: +1 413-597-2429
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WCMA sparks new ways of thinking about art and the visual world through its...

WCMA sparks new ways of thinking about art and the visual world through its innovative exhibitions, programs, publications and projects. At the heart of the Williams College campus the museum draws on the collaborative and multidisciplinary ethos of the surrounding college to enliven the more than 14,000 works in its growing collection. The museum and its collection is a catalyst for student learning and community engagement. Situated in the rich cultural landscape of the Berkshires, WCMA is free and open to all.

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Friendly and Well Curated

Have been there twice and both times have found exhibits to be very interesting. Art ranges from classic to contemporary, but it all works. Staff go out of there way to make you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Albany, New York

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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Have been there twice and both times have found exhibits to be very interesting. Art ranges from classic to contemporary, but it all works. Staff go out of there way to make you feel welcome and admission is free. Parking is somewhat limited.

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Westbrook
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Thought-provoking art is coupled with more traditional gems in this small but wonderful art museum in the center of historic Williamstown. A part of Williams College, the museum charges no admission but gladly accepts contributions. Bet you won't be able to browse the gift shop and leave empty handed!

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WCMA, Communications Assistant at Williams College Museum of Art, responded to this review

Hello eitravel76, Thank you for taking the time to review WCMA! We're happy to hear you enjoyed the gift shop. Many items in the shop are made by local artisans, so there are always unique finds. New exhibitions will be on view soon, we hope to see you back! More 

New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here as refugees from the Clark, where we found the "Nudes at the Prado" exhibit to be boring. (The usually busy Clark was a ghost town.) A flyer attracted us to WCMA and wow were we impressed. The Abbott Thayer exhibit was super-interesting, as was a more avant-garde installation upstairs by sibling artists. The permanent collection is full... More 

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WCMA, Communications Assistant at Williams College Museum of Art, responded to this review

Hello jerseyjazz, We're very happy to hear you enjoyed viewing "Not Theories but Revelations: The Art and Science of Abbott Handerson Thayer" and "Both Sides Now: Lexa and Dan Walsh". We hope to have you back soon for future exhibitions and to take part in some of our free programs! Thank you for your review! More 

Old Bridge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although not the expansiveness of the neighboring Clark, The Williams College Museum of Art is worth the visit while in town...it is just amazing what our college age, young artists are capable of . I can just image their potential..

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WCMA, Communications Assistant at Williams College Museum of Art, responded to this review

Hello Edward D, Thank you for reviewing WCMA. We're happy you enjoyed your visit and hope to see you again soon! More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The Williams College Museum of Art is a wonderful gem hidden among other, more well-known museums in the area. We especially enjoyed the wonderful exhibit being presented now called "Both Sides Now" by siblings Lexa and Dan Walsh. Well done!

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WCMA, Communications Assistant at Williams College Museum of Art, responded to this review

Hello stephswim1, The area certainly has a lot of art to explore, and it's great to hear you enjoyed viewing WCMA's "Both Sides Now" exhibition. Thank you for taking the time to review, and we hope to see you again! More 

Scarsdale, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

In content the William College Museum of Art lies between The Clark and Mass MOCA. I make a point of visiting each summer and find the exhibits engaging, coherent and intelligent. Congratulation to the artists and curators. I enjoyed the exhibit on the work of the naturalist/artist Abbott Henderson Thayer but agree with Teddy Roosevelt that color patterns are poor... More 

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WCMA, Communications Assistant at Williams College Museum of Art, responded to this review

Hello Tony C, We're glad you enjoyed exploring "Not Theories but Revelations:The Art and Science of Abbott Handerson Thayer." Thank you for returning to WCMA and taking the time to review! We hope to see you again next summer (or sooner!). More 

Schenectady, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

We decided to visit this museum before heading home from an overnight in Williamstown. We were greeted by a charming, enthusiastic and informative young woman, perhaps a student. I'm sure individual responses to the museum would depend on the current exhibits, and the current ones were very interesting to us. There is a special exhibit now featuring Abbott Handerson Thayer,... More 

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WCMA, Communications Assistant at Williams College Museum of Art, responded to this review

Hello Linda R, Thank you for taking the time to review WCMA! We look forward to your future visits and hope they are as enjoyable as the first. More 

Leominster, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Do not just visit the Clark, this Williams College Museum of Art is excellent, small enough to be enjoyed in less than an hour and always instructive and interesting. And it is free! Park your car in one of the public parking lot (free) and walk a few steps to the museum. Every time we visited we found a current... More 

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WCMA, Communications Assistant at Williams College Museum of Art, responded to this review

Hello LysB, We're happy to hear you enjoy visiting WCMA and the restaurants on nearby Spring Street. We hope to see you at our free programs and open patios coming up this summer! Thank you for your review! More 

Williamstown, MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

While parking can be a challenge, the museum collection is well worth any short walk. There are new installations and a very nice permanent collection being shown at all times. If you arrive during the school year a student may be there to provide greater detailed information on the collection.

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WCMA, Public Relations Manager at Williams College Museum of Art, responded to this review

Thank you mtsummit for your review. We hope you are able to come back and check out some of our summer programs. More 

Williamstown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

This is a great little museum if you're not up to visiting one of the bigger local museums - such as The Clark or Mass MoCA. Plus, its FREE! Thank you, Williams College! What I enjoyed most about our visit was the inclusion of student art alongside the more well-known artists. The little gift shop has a very unique inventory.... More 

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WCMA, Public Relations Manager at Williams College Museum of Art, responded to this review

Hello MontereyMama83, We're so glad you enjoyed the senior student's exhibition. Thank you for visiting and we hope to see you again this summer. More 

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