Clark Art Institute

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Key Info

225 South St


Museums Type
2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


  • 4.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown displays exhibits featuring collections of European and American paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs and other unique forms of art ranging from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. You can observe masterpieces throughout the museum on your own or download a multimedia guide to your smartphone (for an extra fee) to virtually walk you through exhibitions. Outside the museum, you'll find picnic tables and nature trails.

Recent visitors expressed excitement about the wide range of world-class displays within the museum. They also suggested picnicking by the reflecting pool followed by a scenic stroll on the campus trails outside the Clark. Reviewers also appreciated that the museum offers something for everyone thanks to its diverse and ever-changing exhibits.

From July through August, the galleries are open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. From September through June, the museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. When hunger calls, two cafes are located on-site. Admission, which is $20 for the general public and free for children 17 and younger, is valid for two consecutive days. On the first Sunday of the month from October to May, visitors can enjoy free admission. The museum also offers combo tickets discounts for other area museums, including the Norman Rockwell Museum. Parking is free on the property. For more information on how to save, check out the Clark website.

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The summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, this open-air music venue attracts thousands of visitors who come to enjoy a variety of classical, contemporary, jazz and pop music performances every year. The Boston Symphony Orchestra has spent its summers at this grand estate located between the towns of Lenox and Stockbridge since 1937. Over this time, many renowned artists have also made appearances at the venue, including Yo-Yo Ma, Earth, Wind & Fire and Steely Dan. Tanglewood is most popular during the summer when the weather allows for sitting on the property's large lawn during performances. Still, the grounds also house multiple indoor facilities and restaurants, which enable visitors to enjoy programs, galas, events and cocerts year-round.

Reviewers call Tanglewood a "music lover's paradise," with charming scenery that keeps travelers returning year after year. Visitors appreciated the well-manicured grounds and world-class concerts, but recommend bringing your own lawn chairs, food and drinks to avoid the hefty prices of concession trucks, restaurants and stores on the property. Whether you bring your seating or rent from the facility, friendly staff can help you get situated, according to reviewers.

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