Clark Art Institute
Other Ideas: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA); Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art; Boston Tea Party Ship & Museum (for kids and adults); Museum of Science, Boston; Discovery Museum
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is an art museum and a center for research and higher education, dedicated to advancing and extending the public understanding of art.
Ask at the Information Desk for a 'Looking Carefully' card, designed to encourage children to look at paintings carefully and think about what they see.
During the school year, a complementary drawing pads are available so you and your children can sketch your favorite works of art. Plan to spend time hiking the well-maintained hiking trails or finding “points of interest” on thepark-like campus with one of theGPS units, for loan, free of charge, at the Information Desk. A Kids Activities page, offers interactive activities that might whet their appetite for a visit.
Three times a year, the Clark puts on special family days, in celebration of a special exhibition or part of the permanent collection. These include a variety of activities – gallery talks, art making, and related entertainment – both inside and out. For younger children, try the Start with Art preschool program on the second Saturdays of the winter months.
On the first Fridays of November – March, we host the popular New Parents Gallery Talks, an informal gallery talk for new parents with their young babies.
The Clark is open daily in July and August, 10 am–5:00 pm.
Open Tuesday through Sunday
10:00 am–5:00 pm, September through June.
Open Martin Luther King Jr. Day,
Presidents' Day, Patriots' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, and
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day.
Stone Hill Center galleries open daily through September 16.
$15 per adult June 1 through October 31; free for members, children under 18, and students with a valid ID.
Free November 1 through May 31.
225 South Street, Williamstown, MA, 01267 map
Directions from the East
Take the Massachusetts Turnpike west to Exit 2 (Lee).
Turn right off the exit ramp onto Route 20 west toward Lee/Pittsfield.
Follow Route 20 west to Route 7 north into Williamstown.
As you enter town, Route 7 proceeds around a small rotary.
From the rotary, turn right onto South Street.
The Clark is on the right about one-half mile down South Street..
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