Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute
Williamstown, MA 01267
Opening expanded facilities on July 4, 2014 following a multimillion-dollar renovation, the world-class Clark is home to European and American paintings, sculptures, decorative arts, and more. (The French Impressionists are a special focus.) In addition to a redesigned original building, brand-new facilities include a visitor and exhibition center with dining area, gallery space, family and community program rooms, and a reflecting pool. Voted Best Small-Town Art Museum.
The collection rivals many big-city museums.
At the Clark, New England’s only major art museum in a rural setting, you can peruse a distilled view of six centuries of European and American art and still have time for lunch at the cafe created by chef Jae Chung in 2005. Jae is a driven restaurateur, known for his restaurants in the Berkshires and Boston that sport his name; here he puts aside his pan-Asian specialties for soups, salads, sandwiches, and entrees that feature locally grown vegetables. The museum is renowned for its Impressionist oil paintings.
Williamstown is an oasis of culture in the beautiful Berkshire Hills, home to both Williams College (with its own significant museum collection of 12,000 works, open free to the public) and the incomparable Clark. The Clark’s lovely 140-acre campus contains not only a celebrated collection of Old Master and Impressionist paintings but also an extensive research library and art conservation center.