The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, Williamstown

(4.8/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web)
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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  • This is a must-see, world class museum! The collection is astonishing (especially impressionists), and very well organized. With the quality of collection at par with Metropolitan, Louvre etc., it is ...  more »
  • Great Museum. They do family days and local free admission. Always a fun visit.The exhibits change and the stable collection is always a worth visit again and again. Local shops etc and also a wonderf...  more »
  • I love the European masters and the Clark had plenty for me to see, without exhausting me. Check the website to see what else is on display when you are planning to visit. I like the information provi...  more »
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  • A bit out of the way, but very much worth the drive. Wonderful permanent exhibit.
  • Drove out to see the visiting Magna Carta. Did not expect the gem that we found.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • The grounds alone are worth the visit. The Clark had excellent special exhibitions. Never disappointed by a visit to the Berkshire for some art.