Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown

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4.6/5 based on 170+ reviews on the web
The Williams College Museum of Art is a college art museum in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Situated at the Williams College campus close to MASS MoCA and the Clark Art Institute, its growing collection encompasses more than 14,000 works, with particular strengths in contemporary art, photography, prints, and Indian painting. The museum is free and open to the public.HistoryWCMA was established in 1926 by Karl Weston, an art history professor who made it his mission to provide students a venue for firsthand experience of art. The College's art collection, in large part donated by Eliza Peters Field in 1897, had been housed in two small wings of what was then the College library, Lawrence Hall, designed by Thomas A. Tefft in 1846. When the library was moved to Stetson Hall in 1920, however, Weston transformed the octagonal brick building into an art museum, adding a T-shaped wing in order to provide additional space for galleries and the College's rapidly expanding art history curriculum.Over the next half-century, under a series of directors, the College enlarged the art department and the museum's collection. In 1981, Director Franklin W. Robinson hired Charles Moore to redesign the building in order to raise facilities to professional standards and double exhibition space. This coincided with an expansion of WCMA's staff, educational programs, and exhibition schedule.Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums in 1993 and re-accredited in 2004, the museum has been the site of dozens of exhibitions (see Past Exhibitions, below). In 2012, WCMA hired its current director, Christina Olsen.
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  • The whole experience was very pleasant and if you are visiting Williamstown then make sure you add this to the list! 
  • We've been to heaps of art museums around the world but this little museum is such a surprise that you'd have to rate it highly. Set in the beautiful grounds of Williams College the interior architect...  read more »
  • The Museum is a popular building in the city. Surround his unusual sculpture in the shape of the eye. At nightfall, the eyes begin to glow. Exhibited work of both classic and contemporary art. Exhibitions all year round. The same work are presented in the form of installations. There's a Rotondnyj Hall where concerts, relaxation room, a small shop. Be sure to visit, get a lot of fun. Entrance to the Museum is free for all year round.
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  • Free art = five stars. Negatives: 90% of the permanent displayed collection is by dead rich white men, for dead rich white men. Bland, boring, all looks the same. Positives: the teaching exhibits were interesting, and gave you a more immersive experience with select objects of the collection, albeit an occasionally confusing one. I much prefer to be confused by art than bored by it. By far the highlight of the museum was African Art Against the State: an extremely interesting, engaging, feeling-inducing exhibit of contemporary art. Unfortunately it's a temporary exhibit. Hopefully they'll get something equally good to replace it.
  • We visited in August 2015 to view the Andy Warhol By the Book exhibit. It was a wonderfully laid-out exhibit with illustrations Warhol had done for various books, books he had written, and correspondence related to the books. I just wish the gift shop had some cards or something else I could have purchased with Warhol's art on it. We were also pleasantly surprised by the Museum's Trojan War Art in it's permanent collection
  • Very nice place and complimentary admission! Must see.
  • Great place, free admission can't wait to go back.
  • Free art museum. Very nice collection.
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