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


What's On

Create merry memories with family and friends. After enjoying the Museum’s Magic of Christmas Celebration, relax with an afternoon tea prepared by Gourmet Galley, a caterer known for their creative menus and impeccable presentation. Nibble delectable scones with clotted cream, assorted savory tea sandwiches, and seasonal sweets as lovely as they are tasty. Let the warmth of holiday cheer spread with each sip of Miss Florence’s Tea. Fee includes admission to the Museum and the Magic of Christmas Celebration and a 10% discount in the Museum Shop.

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Gifts to the Annual Fund are fully tax-deductible and provide support where it is needed most. In fact this important program is the largest source of unrestricted funds for the Museum’s operating budget, which helps to preserve our beautiful campus while continuing to offer a broad array of innovative exhibitions and educational programs to our growing audience of over 80,000 visitors each year.


December is particularly delight-filled at the Museum.
Visitors can enjoy Miss Florence’s Artist Trees, designer Fantasy Trees, and the Florence Griswold House decorated for a 1910 Christmas. Christmastime Teas, special events for families, hands-on crafts for children and adults, and wonderful items in The Shop are sure to bring holiday cheer!

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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 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

Dec 1 to Dec 31, 2017

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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July 27 and 28, 2018

Midsummer Festival

Join us Friday night for art open houses, live music and dancing, or take part in Saturday’s activities, which include art exhibitions and sales, fresh market, musical performances, artisan fairs, book signings and sales, domestic farm animals, and hands-on kids’ activities.

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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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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



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