Celebrating Art, History, and Nature

Dana Sherwood: Animal Appetites and Other Encounters in Wildness

May 21 - September 18

Dana Sherwood: Animal Appetites and Other Encounters in Wildness

In her first solo Museum exhibition, artist Dana Sherwood brings together films, sculpture installations, and oil and watercolor paintings to interrogate the relationship between wild nature and domestic culture. Drawing on her research into cross-species communication, this exhibition is a whimsical, thought-provoking rumination on connections between humankind and our animal neighbors.

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40th Annual Benefit Auction & Dinner Dance

Saturday, September 24

40th Annual Benefit Auction & Dinner Dance

An out-of-this-world evening to support the Museum's groundbreaking Educational programming.

Get your tickets now to blast off for an unforgettable event!

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Discovery Sundays Return

Sundays, April-September

Discovery Sundays Return

Free with Museum admission, begin in the Education Center where visitors can choose from a variety of hands-on activities. Supplied with canvas, palette, paint, brushes, a smock and a quick lesson in color mixing and painting techniques visitors discover for themselves why Miss Florence’s was THE place to paint!

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Through September 5

Kids are Free!

It’s time to explore! Through September 5, children age 18 and under plus one accompanying Connecticut resident adult can visit participating museums free of charge through the Connecticut Summer at the Museum program — including the Florence Griswold Museum! No need to preregister, simply check in at the Admissions Desk and then, enjoy.

We are thrilled to be part of this one-of-a-kind program and grateful to Governor Ned Lamont for continued investment in the arts in our state.

Connecticut Summer at the Museum is made possible through an investment from the federal COVID-19 recovery funding Connecticut is receiving from the American Rescue Plan Act. The program is administered by the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development’s Office of the Arts in partnership with Connecticut Humanities.

 

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October 1-30

Wee Faerie Village presents...Twinkle Point!

Be ready to shriek, whoop, and giggle as you make your way around Twinkle Point, an amusement park tailored for fay folk. Artists and faerie aficionados are already hard at work on their faerie-sized roller coasters, carousels, arcades, and shops – everything you might find at any amusement park – only tiny.

Click below to read up on FAQs, admission policies, and take a faerie’s eye view tour of Museum campus!

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Current and Coming

Solitary Garden

by artist jackie sumell

Solitary Garden

The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme is collaborating with the New Orleans-based artist jackie sumell to install one of her “Solitary Garden” beds on our grounds, in conjunction with the exhibition Social & Solitary: Reflections on Art, Isolation, and Renewal. The Solitary Garden project comes to life through correspondence between a volunteer and a currently incarcerated “gardener.” Their letters articulate to the Museum what kinds of flowers or plants are grown in the garden bed. Each Solitary Garden is a gesture of hope connecting an isolated person to the outside world through the restorative act of nurturing plants.

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Dana Sherwood: Animal Appetites and Other Encounters in Wildness

Virtual Tour

Dana Sherwood: Animal Appetites and Other Encounters in Wildness

Enjoy a bird's a view of the current exhibition Dana Sherwood: Animal Appetites and Other Encounters in Wildness in our virtual tour. Read exhibition texts in-depth, or share with family & friends!

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Art•Bar / Adult Crafting

Monthly

Art•Bar / Adult Crafting

Join Julie Garvin Riggs, Director of Youth Education & Outreach monthly for an evening of creativity, light fare, and libations All materials included.

Grab your tickets quickly — these popular events almost always sell out! A fun night out with friends or a perfect solo crafting adventure.

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Friends and Neighbors

Explore Old Lyme

You won’t find a more quaint and inviting arts district than Lyme Street in Old Lyme. Spend your day engaged in the American arts as you walk from the museum to our art galleries, wander through a sculpture garden of imagination, and stop by a coffeehouse where someone just might be strumming their guitar. A renowned Jazz Club joins other inspiring music venues and performance series across town, while special events celebrating the arts happen throughout the year.

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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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History Blog

Glimpse: An Aesthetic Wallpaper Fragment

By Patty Devoe     Featured Image: Fragments of Wallpaper from Griswold Boarding House, Box 7, Fabric, Wallpaper Etc., Lyme Historical...

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