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The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown
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Home to a large collection of Fresh Impressionist paintings, The Sterling and Francine 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. Plan to see The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and other attractions that appeal to you using our Williamstown trip builder.
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My husband and I were very impressed with the different collections we found at The Clark. The current special exhibit consisted of twenty-eight paintings, mostly nudes, from Del Prado in Madrid, Spai... read more »
We've been going to the Clark for years and it never disappoints. We love spending the day at the Clark going through the rooms enjoying the art. It's locate in a lovely area for a picnic, especially ... read more »
A wonderful collection of fine art. The museum is open and spacious which allows viewing without disturbing others. The grounds are beautiful and a perfect place to sit while relaxing near the reflect... read more »
Visiting the Clark Museum is a sublime experience; the artwork and historical pieces there are simply stunning. My personal favorite piece of work was the book made from the mud of many different rivers worldwide, by Richard Long. The 19th century Steinway piano was also beautiful, whose decoration was designed by the English painter Lawrence Alma-Tadema; I believe it is the most expensive piano ever made! A young gentleman working at the museum knew a lot about it and we got into a conversation. The Clark is definitely worth a visit!
Drove out to see the visiting Magna Carta. Did not expect the gem that we found.
Make a day of it: start with a delightful lunch onsite at Cafe 7, continue with a thought-provoking art exhibit, and finish with a brisk walk on scenic trails around the institute.
I am absolutely in love with this museum. Their collection is so impressive for an area like the Berkshires. It's the perfect size so that you don't feel overwhelmed or drained by too many galleries. The impressionist solarium is my favorite, as are the John Singer Sargent works. The museum isn't cheap for regular admission, so it's nice if you can reserve a library pass. Definitely walk the grounds if you have the chance, and you can visit those trails any time without admission.
Wonderful permanent collection We visited in August 2015 to see the Van Gogh exhibit. We knew the exhibit would be mobbed when we had to park on a public street and walk a half mile to the Clark. It was hard to see the art with the crowds in the exhibit. Moving to the galleries with the permanent exhibit was a breath of fresh air. Their collection rivals anything I've seen in museums in Washington, DC.
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