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Florence Griswold Museum

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Address: 96 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371
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+1 860-434-5542
10:00 - 17:00
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Sun 13:00 - 17:00
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Patroness Florence Griswold opened her boarding house to a group of artists...

Patroness Florence Griswold opened her boarding house to a group of artists who formed the Lyme Art Colony, the elite of American Impressionism.

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An Art Lovers Retreat From a Bygone Era

This lovely old boarding house is so very well preserved you'll feel like you've stepped back in time. Noted artists of the American Impressionist Movement, such as Childe Hassam... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
orange county california
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orange county california
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This lovely old boarding house is so very well preserved you'll feel like you've stepped back in time. Noted artists of the American Impressionist Movement, such as Childe Hassam and Willard Metcalf stayed her, hosted by art lover Florence Griswold. There are works of art by various artists in the house, as well as the amazing dining room, with wall... More 

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Lyme, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The place is set up to illustrate the boarding house where the genteel Miss Florence held court-and provided a warm and welcoming base- for the American Impressionist Art Colony in the early 1900's. Many of the furnishings have been donated back to the Museum by previous owners , lending an authenticity to the house-and the careful application of researched information... More 

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New London, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is not just a delightful museum in quaint New England. It is important for a complete understanding of a movement in painting a century ago, and it has the flavor of when its contributing artists resided and worked there. It is full of fascinating details and genuine surprises, such as (for my tastes) the supremacy of the "Colorist" group... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

If you want to be reminded of the beauty of the holidays - plan a visit to the Florence Griswold. We are members and were interested in seeing the newest palettes added to the Artists Trees for their Magic of Christmas 2016 program. It really is a magical experience and the museum offers a array of holiday activities for all... More 

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Davenport, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

We have lived in CT all our lives but have never visited the Florence Griswold Museum. We visited yesterday and were really impressed. The ladies were very informative. We definitely return again the the summer to enjoy its beauty.

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South Lyme ct
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The venue is beautiful. The guides within the museum are very knowledgeable and me the experience extra interesting. I had baked chicken and risotto with truffle oil which made me return the same month and order the same luncheon.

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Cape Coral, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

The October 2016 display outdoors at the museum was called "A Flutter in Time - Faerie Houses Around the World & Across the Ages"and included 32 tiny fascinating displays from Mesa Verde to the "Eyeful" tower. A brochure explained each display and listed the inventive individuals or groups that developed each one. This was my first time to visit so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

My family first came to know of the museum through a class trip. We were given coupons for free entry and decided to make a day of it. It was a fantastic surprise. On the day we went the whole family was able to paint our own impressionist painting. We were given all the tools we needed and headed out... More 

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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We went to this year's annual Wee Faerie Village exhibits, and enjoyed not only the natural landscape, but the tiny houses representing places not over around the world, but across timeframes. Each had a little part of the exhibit to find in the display, which fascinated people to try to find each one. The museum is quite large and has... More 

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Ridgefield, CT USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

"...Lyme and art are synonymous", Florence Griswold wrote.And it was because of art we visited Florence Griswold Museum.It happened to be The Home of American Impressionism. Miss Florence was about 50 years old when she inherited the house.Being unmarried and having no siblings, she started taking boarders to make money for living and to deal with the debts. In the... More 

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