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Williams College Museum of Art

Main Street
Williamstown, MA

Phone: (413)597-3180

Statement of Purpose

The Williams College Museum of Art is both a public institution and a teaching museum. The college art department shares a building with the museum and uses the galleries as extensions of its classrooms. Exhibitions are sometimes mounted in conjunction with a college course, and art faculty often serve as guest curators. On the public side, the museum is open free of charge six days a week, year round, and opens approximately 24 new exhibitions each year.

Highlights & Collections

Several of the museum's 14 galleries are dedicated to changing exhibitions drawn from the 11,000 works of art in the permanent collection. These range from 9th-century B.C. Assyrian stone reliefs from the palace of King Ashurnasirpal II to one of the last self-portraits by Andy Warhol. In addition to displaying these works, the museum presents loan exhibitions of outstanding works from other collections as well as traveling exhibitions.

American art from late 18th century to present; contemporary and modern art; non-Western art; large holdings of works by the American artist brothers Maurice and Charles Prendergast.

Exhibits & Special Events


Admission & Directions:


Williamstown is in the northwestern corner of Massachusetts, less than an hour from the Massachusetts Turnpike and the New York State Thruway and Northway (interstates 90 and 87). The museum is centrally located on the Williams College campus, on Main Street (Route 2) between Spring Street and Water Street (Route 43), across from Thompson Memorial Chapel.

Key Personnel:

Linda Shearer, Director

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