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The Clark Art Institute

225 South St, Williamstown, MA 01267-2878
+1 413-458-2303
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first rate museum and campus

The museum is a first rate one on beautiful grounds in Williamstown. You can walk the trials... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Confusing space, poor signage, terrible lighting in many of the galleries

What a puzzling place. We walked from the parking lot past the striking, long wall, into the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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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 1 week ago

The museum is a first rate one on beautiful grounds in Williamstown. You can walk the trials without going into the museum and there are many trails. Collection is wonderful but no modern art except when there is a special exhibit. Right now, the Helen...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a puzzling place. We walked from the parking lot past the striking, long wall, into the beautiful lobby, and from there it went downhill. We followed a sign to "Exhibitions" which went downstairs, where there was nothing but a cafeteria. So we went back...More

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Sally M, Public Relations Manager at The Clark Art Institute, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking time to write your review - we are always interested in what our visitors have to say. We're sorry that you found the space confusing. This is the first summer that our entire renovated campus has been open to the public...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The Clark Art Institute is a little gem of a museum tucked away in the beautiful Berkshire Hills it has world class art and sculpture modern and classic and is a joy to visit in every season of the year

Thank dianehC7153MZ
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Clark is an excellent smallish museum with a fine collection of John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer and a vast collection of Auguste Renoir. Several paintings caught our eyes including the Smoke of Ambergris Sargent did in 1880. We were also taken by a picture,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Clark was a big open museum. There was a Picasso exhibit when we were there. But, we are not appreciative of that type of art. We did enjoy the works in other rooms. The grounds were beautiful.

Thank flehrer
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I've heard about the Clark for many years, and scheduled my AT hike to allow time to visit. The buildings sit comfortably in the landscape, welcoming without pretension. The windows integrate the two and give visitors visual relief from their interaction with the art. I...More

Thank J--Harpswell
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The literal core of the museum is its beautiful and extensive collection of French Impressionists. Also, Americans from the 2nd half of the 19th century: Homer, Ingress, Remington, Sargent, and others. The silver, Dutch, and Renaissance collections are also lovely and impressive. A special "extra"...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing art institute. The grounds are spectacular, walking trails included. The art exhibits and permanent collections are great. We were pleasantly surprised to find so many great works by Monet, Renoir, Gauguin, Hopper.

Thank drdmromeo
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful collections and a wonderful special exhibit on Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Stunning setting. Lovely to spend some time sitting outside near the pool after going through the museum.

Thank GirlontheGo508
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My family wanted to celebrate my artist-sister's birthday by visiting The Clark and its current Picasso exhibit. The exhibit was marvelous, more than I expected. After we toured the exhibit we sat next to the reflecting pool. A round table with sun umbrella provided the...More

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24 August 2017|
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Response from Sara S | Reviewed this property |
The Berkshires in general is pretty casual. I'm sure you can wear anything--jeans are OK, and no one really dresses up. You might want to dress a bit more nicely but there will be people there who dress down.
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.