United States

225 South Street
Phone: 413-458-2303
Website: www.clarkart.edu

Clark Art Institute

Set amidst 140 bucolic acres in the picturesque Berkshires, the Clark is one of the few major art museums in the United States that also serves as a leading international center for research and higher education. In addition to its extraordinary collections, the Clark organizes groundbreaking special exhibitions that advance new scholarship and presents an array of public and educational programs. The Clark’s research and academic programs include an international fellowship program and regular conferences, symposia, and colloquia. The Clark, together with Williams College, jointly sponsors one of the nation’s leading master’s programs in art history and encompasses one of the most comprehensive art history libraries in the world. Its Fellows and Conference Programs draw university and museum professionals from around the world.

 Permanent Collection Highlights (2)

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Permanent Collection

The Clark’s permanent collection is extraordinarily rich in 19th-century French art, with more than 30 paintings by Renoir and works by Monet, Degas, and Pissarro. In addition to the Impressionist holdings, the collection includes exceptional European and Old Master paintings as well as an important group of American paintings by Sargent, Homer, Cassatt, and Remington. Other highlights include sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, as well as English silver.

The Clark continues to collect. Approximately 25% of the collection has been added since the opening in 1955. The Clark collection now comprises some 8,000 objects, including 495 paintings, significant holdings of decorative arts and works on paper, including a collection of about 500 photographs, a collecting initiative begun in 1998. Notable recent acquisitions include "Two Horses Fighting in a Stormy Landscape," an oil painting by the great French Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix, and "The Haymakers" an extraordinary color monotype by Camille Pissarro.


The Clark organizes a series of special exhibitions in collaboration with leading museums in the United States and Europe. These exhibitions advance the public understanding of art by presenting new scholarship and challenging ideas in popular and visually appealing ways.

Previous Exhibitions

Notable exhibitions included:
·Alpine Views: Alexandre Calame and the Swiss Landscape (Fall 2006)
·The Clark Brothers Collect: Impressionist and Early Modern Paintings (Summer 2006)
·Winslow Homer: Making Art, Making History (Fall 2005)
·Jacques-Louis David: Empire and Exile (Summer 2005)
·Turner: The Late Seascapes (Summer 2003)
·Renoir and Algeria (Winter 2003)
·Gustav Klimt Landscapes (Summer 2002)
·Impression: Painting Quickly in France, 1860-1890 (2001)
·Noble Dreams, Wicked Pleasures: Orientalism in America, 1870-1930 (2000)
·Jean-François Millet: Drawn into the Light (1999)

Exhibitions (2)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

·The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings (Summer 2007)
·Consuming Passion: Fragonard's Allegories of Love (Fall 2007)
(Note: Working titles - subject to change)
·Remington Looking West (spring 2008)
·Like Breath on Glass: Suggestion and Surface from Whistler to Davies (summer 2008)
·Through the Seasons: Japanese Art and Nature (summer 2008)


June 1-October 31: $12.50 for adults. Members, students with I.D., children 18 and under always free.
November 1-May 31: No admission charged, free to all.

Opening hours

September 1-June 30:Tuesday–Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm.
July 1-August 31: Daily 10 am – 5 pm.
Open the following holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, President’s Day, Patriot’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day 10 am – 5 pm.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day

Getting there

The Sterling & Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts, in the extreme northwest corner of Massachusetts. The Institute is one-half mile south of the intersection of routes 2 and 7 in the middle of Williamstown.
The Clark is about a 3-hour drive from Boston and New York City, and one hour from Albany, NY, served by major airlines and by frequent Amtrak service from New York City, and a 1-hour drive from the Massachusetts Turpike, Rt. 90 (Exit 2 in Lee, MA). There is daily bus service to Williamstown from New York, Boston, and many New England cities.


The Clark offers our visitors baby changing stations in the restrooms, free strollers, public telephone, coatrack and lockers, fully-staffed information desk, a museum shop and courtyard cafe open year-round during gallery hours, and a full service restaurant offering lunch in July and August.
The buildings are surrounded by 140 acres of wooded hills and lovely grounds dotted with picnic tables, a scenic pond, and walking trails, with maps available at the information desk.
All public areas of the Clark are accessible. For visitors with disabilities, the Clark provides the following amenities: designated parking spaces, ramped curbcuts, pushbutton automatic door openers, universal-access restroom, elevator access to all gallery levels, free wheelchairs, large-text print versions of audio guides and wall text, and hearing-assitance units for auditorium events and gallery talks.

Museum internal and external photos (5)

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News and events

January 5, 2007
Large-scale Exhibition, at the Clark from February 4 through April 29, also Features 13 Major Paintings from International Collections
Extraordinarily beautiful and moving landscapes by the great 17th-century French artist Claude Lorrain (1604/5-1682) make their appearance at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute this winter. "Claude Lorrain – The Painter as Draftsman: Drawings from the British Museum," features over 80 drawings and several etchings from the incomparable collection of the British Museum. They are accompanied by 13 exceptional paintings from museums in the United States and Europe. On view February 4 through April 29, "The Painter as Draftsman" explores the naturalistic, classic landscape by the artist who invented it.
January 17, 2007
"The Unknown Monet: Pastels and Drawings" Presents Groundbreaking Discoveries of the Artist’s Career, on View at the Clark from June 24 to September 16, 2007


"The Unknown Monet" is the first exhibition to focus on the artist’s graphic works, including pastels, finished drawings, and sketchbooks. The show sheds new light on several aspects of Monet’s creative process by presenting a significant body of these works, many of which have not been previously exhibited, alongside related examples of his work in oil.
This Clark-organized exhibition opens at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, on March 17, 2007
August 11, 2006
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Gallery talks held daily during summer months. Docent-led talks are arranged, in advance, for group visits by contacting the education department. The Clark offers a year-round schedule of engaging and diverse public programs for adults, students and families.


·Group reservations are required.
·The maximum recommended group size for one guide is 25 people. The fee per guide is in addition to the admission charge when applicable.
·Three weeks advanced notice required for gallery talks for a group of 10 or more people. Please allow approximately one hour for a talk highlighting some of the major works in the permanent collection, plus free time in the galleries and museum shop.
·Talks can be customized to a group’s particular interest: French impressionism, American paintings, silver, etc.


The Education Department at the Clark offers age-appropriate gallery talks that relate to a number of different areas of the school curriculum, including history, science, creative writing, and French language and literature as well as studio art and art history. Gallery talks at the Clark are designed to meet the needs and interests of visiting teachers and school groups. Students are encouraged to look carefully at the works of art on view, to think and talk about them, and to enjoy the process. We are eager to hear from teachers with specific interests, and we try to accommodate their requirements whenever possible.

Teachers wishing to arrange a talk on a specific subject should contact the Education Department to speak with a member of the staff.
Additional information for educators is available on the website.


Families can ask at the Information Desk for one of our "Painting Quickly" cards, which have been specially designed to encourage children to look at paintings carefully and think about what they see. The Clark hosts free Family Days, often in connection with one of our special exhibitions. These usually include a variety of different elements for interests of all ages -- gallery talks, art-making activities, live performances, events outside on the grounds if the weather is good -- and they often attract large numbers of families from all over the area. Check our Calendar of Events for further information.


Children are always welcomed at the Clark.
--On selected Friday mornings, the Clark hosts a New Parents Gallery talk--a relaxing hour spent in the galleries with a Clark curator. Geared to parents with pre-toddlers, each talk features works in the Clark's permanent collection.

--Check the Clark's Calendar of Events on the website for upcoming programs for families and children.

--Before a visit, you might also introduce your children to our interactive ClarKids’ pages of the Clark's website.


Students are welcome in groups or individually. Age-appropriate talks on specific topics may be customized for student groups. The Clark's outstanding art reference and research libary is open to students and public year-round.


The Clark organizes and offers a stimulating range of public lectures, discussions, talks, and symposia. Popular programs include our monthly "Looking at Lunchtime" talks, which usually focus on one work in the collection, or short courses on subjects which may complement a current special exhibition. To learn about upcoming courses or talks, see the Calendar of Events.


Become a Friend of the Clark and enjoy the very best of what the Clark has to offer, including a remarkable permanent collection and special exhibitions. You’ll also enjoy many programs designed exclusively for members, including special previews and behind-the-scenes talks with curators, unique educational experiences, exclusive trips, and theme parties to enrich every season at every age. Visit our website for details.