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.
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We visited for the Rodin exhibit and stayed for a full tour. A remarkable collection and worth a long drive to the Berkshires
We visited for the Rodin exhibit and stayed for a full tour. A remarkable collection and worth a long drive to the Berkshires more »
Beautiful grounds with a brilliant permanent collection. A great centerpiece for a short getaway from the city. I return a couple of times a year because the intimacy of the museum itself as well as.... more
Beautiful grounds with a brilliant permanent collection. A great centerpiece for a short getaway from the city. I return a couple of times a year because the intimacy of the museum itself as well as.... 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.
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.
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