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The Clark Art Institute

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Address: 225 South St, Williamstown, MA 01267-2878
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+1 413-458-2303
10:00 - 17:00
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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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One of the very best art museums I've ever visited

The Clark sits on a huge piece of land in a beautiful valley in the Berkshires. The building is surrounded by mountains, trees, fields...you get the picture. In fact, the beauty... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Clark sits on a huge piece of land in a beautiful valley in the Berkshires. The building is surrounded by mountains, trees, fields...you get the picture. In fact, the beauty of the art within is echoed by the architecture and general design of the building itself. Light streams into it - unusual for an art museum - but it... More 

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Concord, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

By all means, if you are within 50 miles of Williamstown, you must make a trip to the Clark. Stunning landscaping, beautiful modern architecture, and truly delightful collection. A world-class institution in the middle of the Berkshires

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North Adams, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Now that the Clark has completed renovation designed by Tadeo Ando it has greatly enhanced one of the nation's foremost small rural museums. It is noted for its great depth in French impresisonism and selected Old Master paintings. It houses one of naton's leading research centers and hosts distinguished fellows and visiting scholars. During the summer the museum mounts blockbuster... More 

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Poulton Le Fylde, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We last visited the Clark when we were travelling through New England many years ago. The building has been extended and altered a great deal since then so it was fascinating to encounter it again. The standing exhibition is magnificent, so many of my favourite impressionists. And remembered from my last visit most especially is the wonderful Turner Rockets and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent siting, collection and new architecture by Tadao Ando. If near make certain you visit and allow more than two hours for seeing the collection, having lunch and...in warmer months...relaxing on terrace with reflective pool.

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Wellesley, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was looking forward to seeing the new addition to the Clark and I wasn't disappointed. We had trouble finding the real entrance and remarked to the docent inside. She said that it was designed by a Buddhist and I guess entries are not supposed to be obvious. But it is beautiful inside. There was a marvelous exhibiit of Japanese... More 

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Charlemont, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been members of the Clark for several years. The multi year construction project has added so much to this fine museum. More importantly, the Clark continually adds new programs, from art appreciation to music to food which enhance the fine collection on view. Add to this a breathtaking site in the northern Berkshires and you have a great... More 

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McLean, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Clark has a charming collection of both European classics and New England artists. They feature special exhibitions in the new section. Stylistically, I much prefer the old building, and wonder why the architect of the new section thought a place surrounded by so much beauty needed so many walls.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

This is a must-see, world class museum! The collection is astonishing (especially impressionists), and very well organized. With the quality of collection at par with Metropolitan, Louvre etc., it is small enough - so you can actually explore the entire museum without being overwhelmed. Downstairs space for temporary exhibitions is worth checking. During our visit it had an amazing exhibition... More 

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Stamford, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Great Museum. They do family days and local free admission. Always a fun visit.The exhibits change and the stable collection is always a worth visit again and again. Local shops etc and also a wonderful museum shop

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