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Begins May 1

Online Photography Exhibition

We invited amateur photographers to take the theme of “sanctuary” as their inspiration for a pop-up juried exhibition at the Museum. The dictionary defines sanctuary as a “consecrated place,” such as a space of worship, and as “a place of refuge and protection.” What do you consider your sanctuary?

The exhibition “Nothing More American:” Immigration, Sanctuary, and Community features Matthew Leifheit’s photographs of a family that took sanctuary from deportation inside the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme. His images of these immigrants appear with portraits of refugee families resettled in Old Lyme. Fleeing devastated countries, they found sanctuary in Connecticut, where they are building new lives.

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Connecticut's Historic Gardens Day

Sunday, June 28

Connecticut's Historic Gardens Day

Grounds admission is free; regular admission applies for historic house and gallery. Events will take place rain or shine, though activities may vary depending on the weather.

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Exhibitions

Nothing More American: Immigration, Sanctuary, and Community an Exhibition by Matthew Leifheit

on view through May 24, 2020

Nothing More American: Immigration, Sanctuary, and Community an Exhibition by Matthew Leifheit

The white clapboard meetinghouse with its towering steeple is an icon of New England’s architecture and art, appearing often in paintings and photographs that depict it at the heart of the region’s small towns. "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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An American Place

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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Fresh Fields: American Landscapes from the Florence Griswold Museum

June 6- September 20, 2020

Fresh Fields: American 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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  • 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.

    — HENRY ADAMS, RUTH COULTER HEEDE PROFESSOR OF ART HISTORY, CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY


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Seasonal Events

GardenFest

June 1 through 30

GardenFest

Kick off the garden season in Old Lyme. Visitors to the Museum understand immediately the site’s appeal to the artists who stayed at “Miss Florence” Griswold’s boardinghouse over a century ago. Her house, gardens, and river view were favored subjects of her artistic boarders. Highlights include Garden Luncheon on June 12, 12pm and Blooms with a View June 12 through 14.

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Wee Faerie Village

October 3 – November 1

Wee Faerie Village

Watch the Museum's social media during half-time of the Super Bowl for the release of this year's theme!

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Magic of Christmas

November 27 – January 3

Magic of Christmas


History Blog

Exhibition Note: Old Lyme’s Early Immigrants

by Carolyn Wakeman Featured image: Malik Naveed bin Rehman, Zahida Altaf, and daughter Roniya in sanctuary at the First Congregational...

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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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  • 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


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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