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The Clark Art Institute

225 South St, Williamstown, MA 01267-2878
+1 413-458-2303
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Large Impressionist Collection!

After visiting the area several times, we finally made it to the Clark Institute, and were glad we... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Roseland, New Jersey
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An unexpected great surprise!

We were touring around MA and VT when we came across this World class museum. This was the perfect... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Rockville, Maryland
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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 3 weeks ago via mobile

After visiting the area several times, we finally made it to the Clark Institute, and were glad we did. We hadn’t realized what a large collection it has of Impressionist paintings from a private collection assembled by the Clarks back in the early 20th century....More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were touring around MA and VT when we came across this World class museum. This was the perfect fit for our day off from the ski slopes. A beautiful modern building hosting one well crafted collection of paintings, sculptures and crafts from all time...More

Thank GranNacho
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Clarks amassed one of the world’s great collections of Renoir. The room is fantastic. The museum is heavy on impressionists but there are some older works and also some decorative arts. I also love the Homer Winslows. The museum is nicely laid out and...More

Thank dmount2001
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Clark Art Institutte houses a magnificent collection of art in a beautiful setting. Plan to spend a few hours here, and sample the food in the lovely restaurant. You might also visit the Williams College Art Museum, in summer catch a play at the...More

Thank Ellen O
Reviewed 28 November 2017

When I lived in Albany, I always wanted to get over to Williamstown and visit The Clark. I was home for a bit and wanted to go on a day trip with my friend. The Clark is about a 1 hour drive from the Capital...More

Thank NYCaliKara
Reviewed 27 November 2017

From the twelfth through the late nineteenth century, extended holdings of paintings and sculpture, all housed is a winding series of galleries. Modern exterior cloaks a more traditional interior, but well laid out and clearly, carefully curated.

Thank MWitz
Reviewed 30 October 2017

The Clark has one of the finest collections of art I have ever visited. Any city would be proud to have this museum as its main one, and you are in small town New England. Their collection of French Impressionists and their Silver collection is...More

Thank Susan S
Reviewed 27 October 2017

The serene and beautifully designed Ando Museum is perfectly married to both the landscape and the art it houses. Not overwhelming either, the understated, elegant building plays up the art, while maintaining a dignified sense of being. Visiting is an experiental treat!

Thank GEG378
Reviewed 26 October 2017

This is a wonderful small museum which we enjoyed immensely. There are well known artists and they have special showings as well. We would love to return on our next visit. We went the first time because it was raining and we are glad we...More

Thank Dmd2
Reviewed 24 October 2017

Wonderful collection of art work from well known European artists. We also admired newly discovered American painters.

Thank MartineLV
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18 November 2017|
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Response from reginav314159 | Reviewed this property |
We used air BnB to find options within about 30 min drive.
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