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Sanctuary

Online Photography Exhibition

Sanctuary

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.

Photo by Cheefai Chow, Clinton CT

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Garden Raffle

Garden Raffle

While circumstances prevent us from gathering for the luncheon this year, you can still help us achieve the mission of this wonderful event in a fun new way—even while helping us support our partnering area businesses!

For the first time ever, please join us in supporting The Garden Raffle!

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FloGris ArtReach with Julie

FloGris ArtReach with Julie

Watch for a new FloGris ArtReach project each week. These hands-on/minds-on activities are designed for all skill levels and to inspire your creative individuality. Most projects can be made with materials you can find around the house.

Check back often to see how other people completed their projects.

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Exhibitions

VIRTUAL tour of current exhibition

Nothing More American

VIRTUAL tour of current exhibition

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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Florene Griswold House

VIRTUAL Tour

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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Seasonal Events

Wee Faerie Village

October 3 – November 1

Wee Faerie Village

History Blog

Documents: Influenza in Old Lyme, 1918–1919

As Connecticut battles a deadly pandemic in 2020, with 36,703 cases and 3,339 deaths reported as of May 16, we...

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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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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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