With a permanent collection of Impressionist art — Renoir, Monet, Degas — 19th-century artists including John Singer Sargent, Winslow Homer and George Innes, and decorative arts across more than five centuries, the Clark Art Institute has become beloved and respected across the world.
The museum has housed the Sterling and Francine Clark family’s extensive art collection since 1950, and its newly expanded campus, redesigned by Japanese architect Tadao Ando, centers around wide reflecting pools. New gallery space has held exhibits from intricate ink-block prints to ancient Chinese bronzes to Vincent Van Gogh.
The museum hosts free days monthly, films in the winter and concerts year-round, including outdoor concerts and picnics in July.
On Stone Hill, the Lunder Center houses rotating exhibits and an art conservation center. It sits at the heart of a network of trails through the surrounding woods and pastures. On warm days, cows graze above the museum near the outdoor sculpture.
The Clark is one of the few institutions in the U.S. that combines a public art museum with a complement of research and academic programs, and its art library in the Manton Center is nationally recognized and open to the community.
The galleries, auditorium, café, bookstore and museum shop are open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday.