Plan Your Visit

Discover Art, History, and Nature


Plan Your Visit

Discover Art, History, and Nature


Current Exhibitions

On the Front Lines: Three Reflections on Identity


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Visitors explore over thirty hand-crafted, faerie-sized homes.
$15 Adults
$14 Seniors (62+)
$13 Students
$5 Members
Children 12 and under are free
Admission includes access to the Village outdoor exhibition and the special exhibitions in the Krieble Gallery, as well as the historic Florence Griswold House and the rest of the Museum’s facilities. All visitors are responsible for the additional special event admission. During this time, Museum passes, Library passes, 2-for-1 offers, and other discounts apply to the regular admission fee.

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Lunch overlooking the Lieutenant River. Dine with table service on the veranda. The Café’s delicious and inventive dishes are prepared by Gourmet Galley using only the freshest ingredients available from local farmers and purveyors.

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American Artists and WWI by Robert Cozzolino, Curator of Paintings at the Minneapolis Museum of Art
Lecture held in Fellowship Hall at the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme, 2 Ferry Road, Old Lyme FREE; reservations required. Call (860) 434-5542, ext. 111 or email to RSVP

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Current & Upcoming


Organized by the Florence Griswold Museum, these three exhibitions examine various aspects of community participation and social consciousness.

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Ongoing Exhibition

An American Place

During the first two decades of the 20th century, the village of Old Lyme, Connecticut was the setting for one of the largest and most significant art colonies in America.

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en to Paper explores the handwriting of celebrated artists such as Berenice Abbott, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt, Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Eakins, Howard Finster, Harriet Hosmer, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Motherwell, Claes Oldenburg, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, John Singer Sargent, James McNeil Whistler, and many others. A selection of handwritten letters from the Florence Griswold Museum Archives will augments the display.

Photo: Robert Motherwell writing, 1944 June, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

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  • The house gives one a feeling for the artist’s life at the turn-of-the century in a way unlike any museum I’ve visited before. I particularly liked the painted panels scattered throughout the house, most notably in the dining room.


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Seasonal Events

Sep 30 - Oct 29

Wee Faerie Village

Visitors explore over thirty hand-crafted, faerie-sized homes.

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Dec 1, 2017 – Jan 8, 2018

Magic of Christmas

December is particularly delight-filled at the Museum.

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Jun 3 - Jun 12


Kick off the garden season in Old Lyme with this exciting series of events that take place in and around the Museum’s historic gardens.

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History Blog

Exhibition Note: Fidelia Bridges’ Forgotten Summers

by Carolyn Wakeman Feature Image: Fidelia Bridges, Wild Roses Among Rye, 1874. Watercolor and gouache over pencil. Florence Griswold Museum, Gift...

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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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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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Rase 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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  • It looks like Barbizon, the land of Millet. See the knarled [sic] oaks, the low rolling country. This land has been farmed and cultivated by men, and then allowed to revert back into the arms of mother nature. It is only waiting to be painted.

    — Henry Ward Ranger, 1899



Begin your visit at the Krieble Gallery.

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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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The Museum’s grounds invite exploration.

Visit the Grounds