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The Clark Art Institute

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Address: 225 South St, Williamstown, MA 01267-2878
Phone Number: +1 413-458-2303
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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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This museum is a gem. The collection is first rate and the space is conducive to contemplating the art in a thorough way. The impressionists, in particular, are not to be missed.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Utica, New York, Usa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This museum is a gem. The collection is first rate and the space is conducive to contemplating the art in a thorough way. The impressionists, in particular, are not to be missed.

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Weston, Vermont
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Clark Art Institute in Williamstown MA has just completed a massive expansion and renovation project and is a charming, restful, informative, gorgeous retreat for a few hours contemplation of some terrific works of art. The new wing features a reflecting pool, complete with outdoor seating during the warmer months and expanded gallery space, offering special exhibits during the year.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is art museum with a wide range of aesthetic taste (modern to classical; paintings to sculpture).

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic! Everything about the Clark is fantastic- the art, architecture and setting. The buildings are set on 140 acres; walking is encouraged. Plan on spending lots of time here!

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Williamstown, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The collection is amazing, and for those not so interested in art (or want to spend more time at the Clark), there are beautiful trails that offer gorgeous views of Williamstown.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What's a visit to Williamstown without a stop at the Clark Art Institute? An interesting private collection turned into a regional art museum. The permanent collection is very strong on the Impressionists and Pre-Impressionists— a very strong collection with an incredible number of their Renoirs. Classic pieces by John Singer Sargent and Winslow Homer, and a couple Frederick Remingtons to... More 

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Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

more than the art itself, the setting of this museum is striking. beautiful clean architecture. set in a background of autumn mountains, some trails, beautiful, simple pools. worth the trip just to sit outside by the pools, then visit the museum shop with unusual gifts, better than most museum shops, more original things.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Turned up on a very wet day so unfortunately didn't see the grounds. Interesting building with lots of good artworks. Bit expensive.

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although I expected contemporary art and instead got more traditional art the collection is stunning! The new addition by Tadao Ando is a work of art on it's own. If you visit during the warmer months make sure to stroll the grounds.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to the Clark for the Titian/ Rubens exhibit, which was impressive if somewhat misleading, for while there were a few paintings by Titian, there were at least as many by Tintoretto and a number of less renowned German painters.

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