Within these walls are canvases by Renoir (34 of them), Degas, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, Pissarro, and Corot, their predecessor. Look for Turner's splendid seascape, Rockets and Blue Lights. Also on display is the famed Degas sculpture "Little Dancer", a signature work of the Institute. The Clarks were more disciplined in their acquisitions than most wealthy collectors, and their museum qualifies as one of the great cultural resources of the Berkshires and of the state.

Apart from the collection itself, the Clarks' farsighted endowment funded the modern wing added to the original neoclassical building. A substantial bookstore and an attractive cafe, make a visit that much more fun, as does roaming the lovely grounds here.