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The Clark Art Institute

225 South St, Williamstown, MA 01267-2878
+1 413-458-2303
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Nice Museum

When I lived in Albany, I always wanted to get over to Williamstown and visit The Clark. I was... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
NYCaliKara
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Intriguing Collection

From the twelfth through the late nineteenth century, extended holdings of paintings and sculpture... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MWitz
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Montpelier, Vermont
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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

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 1 week ago

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 31 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 25 October 2017

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

Thank MartineLV
Reviewed 24 October 2017

We did a good variety of things during our 4-day stay in the Berkshires and The Clark was our favorite. A simply wonderful art collection. Incredible works by Renoir, Sargent, Homer, Remington, Monet, Inness, Degas, Tissot and more. Even more impressive, the grounds and water...More

1  Thank KMfromMA
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Wonderful collection in a very manageable setting that can be very satisfying for a 60-120 minute visit. Spectacular setting, highly recommended.

Thank patsandsox
Reviewed 17 October 2017

We spent three hours and might stay there for another three. Great art museum. Building design also impressive.

Thank Tavribruk
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

It was our second visit after a very long break, so we have not seen the new wing yet. I found it wonderful, full of light, modern and minimalistic - there is no redundancy in the design letting the beauty of the collection to stand...More

1  Thank Noraatc
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eyetrply
18 November 2017|
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Response from Sara B | Reviewed this property |
There are bed & breakfasts and small hotels in town, but not walking distance to The Clark.
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Jelmckinion
25 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.
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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
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