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Home to a large collection of Fresh Impressionist paintings, The Clark Art Institute is especially noted for housing over 30 paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Established by prominent art collectors Robert Sterling and Francine Clark to house their vast private collection of European works, the museum now serves as both a gallery and a research center, offering numerous public lectures throughout the year. In addition to masterpieces by some of the biggest names of Impressionism, the museum also features paintings by great American artists including Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and Mary Cassatt. Pick up a multimedia guide at the admissions desk, or download the museum's free mobile app to help you find your way around this vast collection. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to The Clark Art Institute by using our Williamstown planning site.
The Clark Art Institute reviews
The Clark is one of those museums you have to return to again and again. I drove twice from my home an hour away to this wonderful museum I have visited with family or solo for many years. It's...
The Clark is one of those museums you have to return to again and again. I drove twice from my home an hour away to this wonderful museum I have visited with family or solo for many years. It's... more »
The Clark Art Institute is a privately funded art gallery located in Williamstown MA. The heart of the collection is both its European & American masterpieces, sculptures and paintings. It truly...
The Clark Art Institute is a privately funded art gallery located in Williamstown MA. The heart of the collection is both its European & American masterpieces, sculptures and paintings. It truly... more »
An unbelievable collection of art! We had no idea this was such a fabulous museum just a couple hours from home. Will definitely return in the future!
An unbelievable collection of art! We had no idea this was such a fabulous museum just a couple hours from home. Will definitely return in the future! more »
Lovely museum campus with a solid collection. Come if you're looking for a relaxing art experience with some nature involved! The permanent collection is primarily impressionist, with all the usual names you'd expect to see, though there is a bunch of American and British art from similar periods on display as well. The rotating exhibitions have contemporary and modern offerings and are pretty well-curated. Overall the collection and exhibitions aren't too large, so you can spend your time with each piece. Personally what I enjoyed the most was the campus itself. I found the buildings and trails lovely and relaxing to wander around. The main buildings do modern architecture right, with long, sharp lines that complement the rolling hills of the area. You can walk up the hill to a neat sculpture, say hi to the grazing cows, check out the exhibitions in the second building, and loop back to the main building cluster to relax in the shade by the reflecting pools, all within about a mile.
Love the architecture of the buildings, the layouts of the art, the permanent collection, and the new exhibits! Even the cafe is great! Oh, and if you have an electric car, there's free charging. And then there are the extensive walking trails... Well worth multiple trips. Highly recommended.
Surprisingly large-city museum in small town Williamstown MA. Permanent displays are comprehensive and include iconic artist masterpieces (e.g. Remington's "The Scout"). Special Rodin exhibition was comprehensive and insightful. Setting is stunning with lots of trails through the property. Cafe is excellent, and tables and chairs are set up to eat outside by the reflecting pools. We'll be back when other exhibits open.
Expansive collection, solid architecture - must visit. Plan to spend at least 2 hours here, maybe more if you have time to stroll outside (this museum has trails!). I was impressed by the quality of the collection and by the work that Ando did here. Well thought. Was there on the first weekend of the month and the entry was free to the public (nice touch), also the archive is accessible during this time and was able to see two of the Piranesi on their collection.
Excellent beautifully maintained museum with statues and paintings from the 16 to 19th century. Many hiking trails and a cows pasture with a steep climb to the top of the grazing lands to see the cows. Picnic tables are located near the museum rear exit with beautifully maintained water views and statues. The tables are a perfect spot for friends and family to congregate and have food and great discussions. Reservations are required and masks must be worn indoors. Worth a visit!
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