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The Clark Art Institute

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Address: 225 South St, Williamstown, MA 01267-2878
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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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CLOSED MONDAYS. Stunning inside and out.

One of the loveliest private collections on display. The Clarks bought what they liked and they liked quality. There are over 30 Renoirs - the Barnes may have more but the... read more

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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the loveliest private collections on display. The Clarks bought what they liked and they liked quality. There are over 30 Renoirs - the Barnes may have more but the Clark has the quality. There is also a lovely selection of medieval paintings, a Sandro Botticelli tondo, European and outstanding American silver, along with a small but good collection... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Totally enjoyed this collection. From the wonderful American Art to the Impressionists. This is a gem set in the beautiful Berkshires.

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Fulton County
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have visited The Clark many times in the last 20 years. A few years ago we arrived to find it under construction and most of it was closed to the public. This time we were looking forward to visiting hoping to see more of the collection in the new space. On arrival we found a beautiful new entrance and... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Top-notch changing exhibitions combined with their permanent collection make this a required stop on the way to Mass MOCA! The new building is beautiful as are the grounds. You can picnic or hike along with viewing the art! A winning combo!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you're looking for a museum with beautiful architecture and art work then I definitely recommend the Clark. The art pieces are gorgeous and the newly renovated buildings is a piece of art itself. Over the weekends they have kids days which is super fun for an activity. Staff members are incredibly nice and helpful people. I hope to go... More 

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Rochester, New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've made our way to the Clark nearly every year for the last 20 years and still find it astonishing that one of the world's great art collections should be located in the middle of nowhere in such a gorgeous setting. The renovations (including the pool and hiking trails) of the last several years really take advantage of that setting.... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've lived in the Berkshires for 27 years and I never get tired of visiting the Clark. I especially love Impressionism and it is breathtaking to be able to see so many of the masters at The Clark without having to go to Paris. (which, of course, is delightful, too)The renovation is stunning. I love taking out of town visitors... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So many masterpieces and so little time! Actually we had a half day and did see a great deal. The available audio guides really enhanced the experience since a visitor is able to select a painting and hear a two minute explanation about its background and the stylistic and symbolic aspects that unless your were an art major you would... More 

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Natick, MA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Clark boasts a wonderful and eclectic collection of art -- including works by Monet, Manet, Degas, Gauguin, Renoir, Stuart, Homer and Sargent -- nestled in the northwestern corner of Massachusetts. But, the layout of the buildings and incomplete signage are a disaster. Where's the front entrance? It's hard to tell -- we actually worked our way backwards through the... More 

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Sally M, Public Relations Manager at The Clark Art Institute, responded to this review

So sorry to hear that you were confused about the layout of the buildings and entrance - we are working on a new signage plan which should help with the confusion. More 

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Reviewed 16 April 2017

We've visited this museum before. We keep returning to enjoy their permanent exhibits in addition to the new ones they install. Yesterday we arrived just before a tour of the facility and enjoyed the explanations of some of the art works in the museum. Also we got to walk up to the cube to enjoy the tranquil surroundings and the... More 

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