As is often the case, The Clark art museum in Williamstown, Massachusetts, began as a gift from generous donors. The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute was formed to house the couple’s extensive collection, and has grown over the years to become this extraordinary museum.
The Clark is known worldwide, not just for the magnificent collections it holds, but also for the research and academic programs it offers, one of a handful of public art institutions that has that combination. The museum is a splendid day trip from Staveleigh House, with a setting that is, in itself, worth the journey. Surrounding the museum are 140 acres of lawns, meadows, and walking trails, with places to roam and linger. Hike up historic Stone Hill for stunning views of Williamstown and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Or relax by the new three-tiered reflecting pool, a beautiful accent that also plays a role in the museum’s advanced water management system.
Inside The Clark, you can explore the extensive exhibitions, including European and American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, and decorative arts from the Renaissance through to the early Twentieth Century. Notable are French Impressionist paintings, and iconic works by American artists Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, and George Inness. A special collection of British Art, a gift from Sir Edwin and Lady Manton, include more than 300 paintings, drawings, and prints by Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, and other premier British artists.
Because education is such a key component of The Clark, the facility offers wonderful gallery talks, artist-in-residence concerts, films, MET opera in HD, family events, and more.
For those wishing lunch or a break, the casual restaurant Cafe 7, located on the lower level of the museum, offers soups, sandwiches, salads, and baked goods.
225 South Street, Williamstown, MA
Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Open daily in July and August
Admission: $20/adult, children under 18 and students with ID/free
Free admission for all on the first Sunday of the month from October to May
Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Daily, July – August, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
A vacation to the Berkshires provides rich opportunities for culture, as well as outdoor activities. Staveleigh House makes a great base for enjoying them all!