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Florence Griswold Museum

96 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371-1426
+1 860-434-5542
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Beautiful and Informative

Really a must-do if you're in the area. The museum, the house and the grounds are all in perfect... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
White Plains, New York
Great place to explore

We went to the Museum as it was listed in a magazine and being close to home thought it a great... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
steve f
Newport, Rhode Island
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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
+1 860-434-5542
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

Thank steve f
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

1  Thank ZCC414
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

1  Thank SuePB
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Lovely art museum and we enjoyed learning about Florence Griswold and what she did for the art community. The gallery is small, but just enough paintings to enjoy; and the tour of the house is interesting. Grounds are tranquil and very New England landscape. No...More

Thank Cara1313
Reviewed 8 October 2017

I wanted to dig into the life of a woman in the late 1800s, early 1900s and while I was there, learn more about American Impressionists. Unfortunately, the main art gallery was closed. I was told they always did this between exhibits. The websites "visit"...More

Thank Esther C
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Florence Griswold led an interesting life as she somehow attracted a great group of American Impressionist painters. The museum was first rate with an extensive collection well worth viewing. It is a modern facility but the gem is going through the house that has been...More

Thank jerryr111
Reviewed 24 September 2017

A delightful home, reflecting the pleasure of the artists and their hostess from many years ago, and embellished with a welcoming garden. This is one of those small New England gems that is so satisfying: a peek into history of the warm relationship between many...More

Thank teezee
Reviewed 11 September 2017

What a treat it was to visit the Griswold Museum - I loved seeing the dining room again, seeing the way the artists "decorated" Miss Griswold's panelling. I thoroughly enjoyed looking at the American Impressionist paintings up on the second floor, and the garden, where...More

Thank deena w
Reviewed 29 August 2017

We visited the museum with our two grandsons. They are avid sportsmen and avid artists. We went to the museum to see the artwork, but the boys also took their cameras and art supplies to record the beautiful grounds and their favorite paintings. The docents...More

Thank Irene S
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Jerry S
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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.