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The Clark Art Institute

225 South St, Williamstown, MA 01267-2878
+1 413-458-2303
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Stunning architecture

This was my first return trip to the Clark since the new addition (several years old now) and wow... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Burlington, Vermont
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Wish I had more time

We were only there for 1.5 hours because they close at 5pm. Wish I had all day to see everything... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Amelia M
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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
+1 413-458-2303
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was my first return trip to the Clark since the new addition (several years old now) and wow is it stunning! If we lived nearby we would certainly become members! This museum has so much to offer: great space, fantastic art exhibitions, and spectacular...More

Thank Momoftwo06
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We were only there for 1.5 hours because they close at 5pm. Wish I had all day to see everything. The impressionist collection is wonderful and extensive. Only got to see that and the piccasso exhibit and there was do much more inside and out....More

Thank Amelia M
Reviewed 5 days ago

The Clark Art Institute contains good art by world class artists, and world class art by good to great artists. In every gallery, there are spectacular surprises as well as art by all the artists you would expect to see in a great art museum....More

Thank SteveandMolly
Reviewed 6 days ago

We hadn't been to the Clark since its huge addition and boy were we impressed! This is an amazing place. There is so much to see and do, and yet you can also sit and relax by the reflecting pool and just enjoy the lovely...More

Thank Barbara H
Reviewed 6 days ago

Our big mistake was thinking we would just see one show and leave. Plan time to be here. We went for the Frankenthaller which was up the hill in the small building. It was a beautiful walk. And we saw we could have explored other...More

Thank CSSnowshoer
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there this week to see the Picasso exhibition. They also have works by some of the greatest painters and sculptors ever. It's Boston MFA quality, it is N.Y. Metropolitan quality. You have an "assortment" of Monets, Manets, Cassatts, Renoirs, Pissarros, Degas, Innes, Homers,...More

Thank I M
Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been here before and always enjoying returning when we are in the area. This time, we wanted to see the Frankenthaler exhibit. It was wonderful. The prints were in the "old" building and the large paintings were in the new space on the...More

Thank jacquelinerose5
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Clark is a favorite of ours. Whenever we visit Tanglewood we make a point to go to the Clark and it is now more lovely than ever. In August, the Schow Pond below the museum building is covered with water lilies in bloom. The...More

Thank waterandmore
Reviewed 1 week ago

A first visit. Very impressive collection of impressionist and Sargent works. Well worth a visit. Museum and grounds very well maintained, could spend a whole day there without any problem

Thank msmith04
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great art in a beautiful landscape. Events and docent tours. Cafes outdoor seating. Nature trails. Architecture in natural setting

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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
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.
14 August 2015|
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Response from MadreJ | Reviewed this property |
There are no coupons specifically for the Clark. However, a call to the Williamstown Library or the Visitors' Center in North Adams will tell whether there is a one day free museum pass which some towns in other states... More