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The Clark Art Institute

225 South St, Williamstown, MA 01267-2878
+1 413-458-2303
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Museum in the Mountains

The Clark is a lovely museum nestled in the Berkshire Mountains. It has a wonderful collection of... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Pound Ridge, New York
Don't miss this world class museum

The Clark, tucked away in the small college town of Williamstown, MA, would be considered an... read more

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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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225 South St, Williamstown, MA 01267-2878
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Clark is a lovely museum nestled in the Berkshire Mountains. It has a wonderful collection of Impressionist art. It is worth the trip to Williamstown to spend a day at the Clark!

Thank 606sud90
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Clark, tucked away in the small college town of Williamstown, MA, would be considered an outstanding art collection anywhere, so if you are in western Massachusetts, eastern NY or southern Vermont, make the effort to see it. It has hosts of old masters, impressionists,...More

Thank CarolinaBecky
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is an update.After being away from Williamstown for about fourteen years,I returned to this outstanding art museum and once more and enjoyed its fine Italian Late Medieval and Renaissance Period paintings,its splendid Dutch Master paintings,its awesome 19th Century French paintings,and its extraordinary array of...More

Thank margatemensch2016
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

One of the best collection of Renoir paintings as well other beautiful impressionist and American paintings in a newly expanded beautiful expansion designed by Tadao Ando.

Thank Gigi N
Reviewed 4 days ago

We have visited the Clark Museum multiple times, most recently on July 16th, and have always enjoyed it. It has a very large and impressive permanent collection of French Impressionist, Old Master, American and European paintings, all very beautiful. The European paintings date between 1300...More

Thank kzsull01
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Clark is a superb small art museum tucked away in the northern Berkshires. It displays a very fine collection of 19th century American and European art. Fans of Sargent, Homer, and Remington will be richly rewarded. The collection features European and American impressionist masters...More

Thank wyzefool
Reviewed 6 days ago

As one approaches the Clark Art Institute, it is easy to dismiss the architecture, because it is so unobtrusive. But as one enters the compound and sees the reflecting pools, the pathways up the hill, and the seasonal gallery on the hill, one realizes that...More

Thank Agnes Q
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Clark has a remarkable collection. The environment is not confusing but there was just so much we could not see everything. I think the price is reasonable given the caliber of the art work in the collection.

Thank Sara B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This beautifully situated, wonderfully landscaped museum is in many ways a gem. Our second trip within a year and the special exhibitions did not disappoint. The "Prints of Picasso" is an excellent exhibition, with added "wall notes" adding deeply to the viewing. Bravo to the...More

1  Thank Terry C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Outstanding museum in this quaint setting. Incredible art work in a beautiful facility and well worth a visit.

Thank Upstatefamily
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Diane P
24 March 2017|
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Response from Sally M | Property representative |
The Clark is open Tuesday - Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. during the time you are planning to visit. Admission is $20 per person. I'm not sure where you read that admission is free on Friday - that is not the case. We do... More
Lois B
11 July 2016|
Response from James W | Reviewed this property |
It's free to the public on Fridays through the summer season. Otherwise, it's $20 on the other days for adults. Sorry, I don't have any recommendations on hotels since it was a day trip travel.
14 August 2015|
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Response from MadreJ | Reviewed this property |
There are no coupons specifically for the Clark. However, a call to the Williamstown Library or the Visitors' Center in North Adams will tell whether there is a one day free museum pass which some towns in other states... More