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Williams College Museum of Art

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Address: 15 Lawrence Hall Dr, Ste 2, Williamstown, MA 01267
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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What a gem!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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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Scarsdale, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Wilbraham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

We saw WCMA AFTER lunch, and seeing the Clark. One would think after the Clark, what could excite us. Well, this is a fine art collection as well. We have often seen WCMA exhibits after or before the Clark, both Galleries are worthy of seeing. You won't be disappointed. When last we were there, only donations were requested. Check the... More 

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

Hello ciaotebaldi, Thank you for visiting WCMA! We're happy to hear you enjoyed an art-filled day touring the galleries. And yes, our admission and programs are always free! We hope to see you again soon. More 

Vale do Lobo, Portugal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

Exhibit of Thayer great but keen to see Hopper and Wood. Staff explained rotation meant no show for them. Lots of space unused so why not more to see. Nice to visit a free display. Felt like Scotland.

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

Hello donza67, Thank you for taking the time to review WCMA. We're glad to hear you enjoyed viewing "'Not Theories but Revelations:' The Art and Science of Abbott Handerson Thayer." Grant Wood's "Death on the Ridge Road" is currently traveling abroad to be shown in London and Paris. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

There are many exhibits inside and outside this museum. It's got a nice mix of history and contemporary. I liked the external exhibits best, especially the eyes you can sit on. A bit of whimsy in a very pretty college town.

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

Hello ThePackedBag, Thank you for taking the time to review WCMA! We enjoy the "Eyes" sculptures by Louise Bourgeois too. We hope you got to see them at night as well when they light up. Even more whimsy! More 

Grafton, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

I hadn't paid a visit to the Williams College Museum of Art in about ten years, but the new Abbott Handerson Thayer exhibit convinced me it was time. Well, I'll be back again now within months. I very much enjoyed the Thayer exhibit and the Both Sides Now exhibits and was reminded of the high quality of the permanent collection.... More 

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

Hello LakeRecluse, We're delighted to hear your return visit to the museum was a good one and that you enjoyed seeing some of our permanent collection. We hope you come back soon to explore our exhibitions or take part in our programs. And yes, our admission and programs are always free! Thank you for your review. More 

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