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Florence Griswold Museum

96 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371-1426
+1 860-434-5542
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Interesting art history

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this home/museum, but I was most pleasantly surprised... read more

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Great anniversary outing

Had a lovely day in the museum with a super exhibit focusing on New England farms. Even the... read more

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West Suffield, Connecticut
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A 13-acre museum campus with a historic home museum, a modern art gallery with changing exhibitions, and gardens and river frontage along the delightful Lieutenant River. Visitors enjoy seasonal events including June's GardenFest and October's Wee Faerie Village. Discovery Sundays (April - September) give visitors of all ages the opportunity to take a mini-lesson in landscape painting and create their own masterpiece on the extensive grounds of the Museum. Visitors can enjoy lunch on the veranda at the outdoor Cafe Flo (May-October), and find unique gifts, exhibition catalogs and more at the Museum Shop. The Museum is named for Miss Florence Griswold, who at the turn of the 20th century opened her home as a boardinghouse which quickly became popular with American artists including Childe Hassam and Willard Metcalf. Museum docents share tales of the Lyme Art Colony and this home of American Impressionism. Check FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org for a calendar of events and exhibitions.
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96 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371-1426
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Reviewed yesterday

I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this home/museum, but I was most pleasantly surprised (sometimes I guess I should do my research). Florence Griswold ran a boarding house in the early 20th century. She was approached to board groups of artists who came...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Had a lovely day in the museum with a super exhibit focusing on New England farms. Even the descriptions were interesting. The garden is just staring to look lovely and the house was a great way to see some of the art including the painted...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I visited the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut on Sunday, May 6, 2018. The museum is located in a beautiful scenic setting on the banks of the Lieutenant River, with very nice grounds to walk around, a great place for...More

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Reviewed 4 February 2018

The grounds of the museum are beautiful on the shore of the Lieutenant River (close to the Connecticut River) where artists from the Lyme Art Colony in the beginning of the 20th century would come to stay and connect and schmooze with other artists. The...More

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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

This is truly a hidden gem. We always Google things to do in whatever locale we are heading to, and this one was not on our radar. We left Mystic and were heading for Old Saybrook. We looked for things to do in the area...More

Thank Kay M
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Reviewed 30 December 2017

We had been to the Florence Griswold before, but never during the Christmas season to see the palette trees. They have a number of Christmas trees decorated with artists' palettes done by local artists. They are lovely and many are quite imaginative and unique. The...More

Thank MeridenTravelers
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

Really a must-do if you're in the area. The museum, the house and the grounds are all in perfect sync and able to give you a snapshot of a turn of the century bohemian lifestyle. The paintings are amazing (the painted door panels in the...More

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Reviewed 8 November 2017

We went to the Museum as it was listed in a magazine and being close to home thought it a great idea. The house, Florence's house is part of a collection of buildings brought to life by an artist colony years ago. The house is...More

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Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

I really enjoyed my visit to Florence's home and boarding house. The volunteers interpreting the house were great with wonderful stories about the house and paintings. The dinning room is amazing- a magical room. I wasn't so keen on the art gallery with the exhibitions...More

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Reviewed 16 October 2017

We were lucky to visit this museum on a lovely fall day so as to be able to enjoy its setting on a bend in the river in the way that the artists who lodged here would have done. It was great to be able...More

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Dogs area allowed on the grounds and the parking lot has areas that are shaded, so if you are visiting the museum on a cool day, you can safely leave the dog, while you visit the exhibits.
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