Whether you are inside, outside, or online, the Clark is a wonderful place of exploration and discovery for families. Children 21 & under and students with valid college ID are admitted free!

If there is any way we can help you, or if you have questions or comments, we’d like to hear from you. Call the Education Department at 413 458 0563 or email us.

Make the most of your family visit by choosing from a variety of family-oriented activities.


Browse our selection of Clark collection–based games and activities for all ages! New content is added regularly.


Available at admissions, Looking Carefully cards have been designed to encourage children and their families to view our paintings and think creatively and critically about what they see.


Available at admissions for all visitors, our sketch pads include simple suggestions and activities to help you look more carefully and hone your sketching skills.


On select holidays and First Sundays Free, pick up a specialized gallery guide for a new look at our collection.


Visit the Reading Room in the Manton Research Center and check out a variety of activities related to the Clark’s collection or special exhibitions. This station changes every couple of months, so visit regularly!


The Clark welcomes new parents and their infants to a series of New Parents Gallery Talks on the first Friday mornings of November through March. New Parents Gallery Talks are designed to give parents a cognitive break from thinking about “all things baby” and are best suited for parents with pre-toddlers. The talks offer a chance for parents to engage with the Clark collection with their infants and participate in open-ended guided conversations about the art in a way that welcomes all contributions.


Get your preschoolers off to a good start with themed talks, developmentally-appropriate gallery guides, and artmaking activities designed for this age group with the Start with Art program offered on second Saturday mornings of the winter months. Best suited to three- to six-year-olds and their parents, these two-hour events are free and open to the public. Artmaking can be messy—children should come dressed appropriately.

Please see our calendar of events for more information.

The Great Outdoors

Be sure to plan some extra time for hiking on our well-maintained trails. Trail maps are available at the admissions desk. If you have a GPS device, find the Clark’s geocache, along with several other notable locations on the Clark’s 140-acre campus, in this printable handout (PDF).

In the winter, you’re welcome to borrow a pair of snowshoes from the snowshoe hut located near the Manton Research Center trailhead. We have three different sizes available to accommodate the whole family. Come dressed for the weather!

Come back for more!

The Clark offers several programs and special events for families throughout the year. These include a variety of activities—gallery talksartmaking, and related entertainment—both inside and out.  For more information on family programs, please see the Calendar of Events.