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First Sundays at the Clark

Summer time at the Clark Art Institute is mobbed, with cars filling the parking lot and extending outward along the sides of South Street. But fall and winter are quieter times and the Clark takes advantage of the surcease to introduce new patrons to its treasures.

The Clark’s First Sundays Free program is now underway, forgiving the usual adult admission of $20 and opening its doors for free on the first Sunday of the month through May.

It offers new visitors a chance to learn why and how museums acquire works of art in its new exhibition, An Eye for Excellence, Twenty Years of Collecting, opens October 25th and runs through April 10th. The exhibit will focus on some of the best works of art acquired by the Clark since 1995 and the stories of the collectors who donated objects to the museum.

The Clark Art Institute is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver and early photography.

The Clark library, open to the public with more than 240,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries.

Located at 225 South Street in Williamstown MA, galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10AM to 5PM. Regular admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger and students with valid ID. For more information, visit their website linked below or call 413-458-2303.