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The Museum is open and with a new exhibition, Fresh Fields: American Impressionist Landscapes.

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What's On

Virtual Faerie Village

September 24 to November 1

Virtual Faerie Village

Wee Faerie Village, the Museum's month-long family-friendly event scheduled for October will be going virtual this year. One of the highlights will be Wee TV, half-hour episodes of faerie crafts and special guests!

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Please help us paint Miss Florence’s historic home by “Raising Your Bid”

Please help us paint Miss Florence’s historic home by “Raising Your Bid”

As you may have seen when visiting or driving by, the front of the Griswold House is being patched and painted to preserve the beauty of our namesake historic landmark. Since stewardship of our historic structures is crucial to telling the Lyme Art Colony story, we thought it would be apropos to ask our community to help support the desperately-needed care of our Museum’s “crown jewel.”

It will require over 50 gallons of paint to complete the painting of the exterior of the Griswold House over the next four years. We are grateful to our friends at Rings End Lumber who are providing this paint at a discounted rate.

Won’t you consider funding the purchase of paint with a gift of $500? What about 10 hours of labor for our painting contractors with a gift of $750? Or the purchase of supplies and materials with a gift of $100?

Raise Your Bid high (albeit virtually!) to help us raise $30,000 to restore Miss Florence’s home to its full glory!

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Current & Upcoming

Exhibitions

Fresh Fields: American Impressionist Landscapes from the Florence Griswold Museum

July 7 through November 1, 2020

Fresh Fields: American Impressionist Landscapes from the Florence Griswold Museum

"Fresh Fields" is a celebration of the Museum’s most beloved landscape paintings created by Impressionist artists who visited Old Lyme. The selection highlights major recent acquisitions, such as "Childe Hassam’s Apple Trees in Bloom, Old Lyme" (1904), and emphasize ongoing research about our landscape.

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VIRTUAL tour

Nothing More American

VIRTUAL tour

With English and Spanish labels and text. “Nothing More American” brings together depictions of Old Lyme’s renowned First Congregational Church by 19th– and early-20th-century painters such as Childe Hassam with photographs by contemporary artist Matthew Leifheit that contemplate the meetinghouse’s evolving symbolism.

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VIRTUAL Tour

Florence Griswold House

VIRTUAL Tour

History Blog

Exhibition Note: Fresh Fields–New Light on Familiar Settings

by Carolyn Wakeman Feature Image: Frank Vincent DuMond, Top of the Hill, ca. 1906. Oil on academy board. Florence Griswold Museum, 1980.1 When the...

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Collections

Hartford Steam Boiler Collection

A New England Identity

Hartford Steam Boiler Collection

The paintings and sculptures in this exhibition are by artists who lived and worked in Connecticut from the late Colonial period to the early 20th century.

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The Painted Panels

In Situ

The Painted Panels

During the first summers of the Lyme art colony the artists began to paint scenes on the door panels of the boardinghouse.

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Fox Chase

Race Into the Past

Fox Chase

One of the most celebrated works of art at the Florence Griswold Museum is the frieze-like painting titled The Fox Chase (1905) created by Henry Rankin Poore.

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Museum

Campus

Krieble Gallery

Krieble Gallery

Begin your visit at the Krieble Gallery.

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Florence Griswold House

Florence Griswold House

The Late Georgian mansion was transformed from a wealthy sea captain’s home into a boardinghouse for some of the most noted names in American Impressionism.

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Gardens and Grounds

Gardens and Grounds

The Museum’s grounds invite exploration.

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