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NEW 3D Tour

View the installation from behind the scenes

NEW 3D Tour

Take a 3D tour of "Silver Wings and Golden Scales"

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Art Camp Summer 2020

It's not too early to sign up!

Art Camp Summer 2020

By popular demand — this year we are offering TWO sessions for middle school students with an interest in art.

AND camps where creative kids entering grades 1-6 can investigate the Museum’s exhibitions, paint, play games, and more. The five-day camps are divided by grades 1-3 and 4-6 and are offered multiple weeks.

And a Wee Faerie Camp too! Geared for students K-3, campers explore a variety of skill-building faerie-based activities. Each camper will complete their own faerie house and magical faerie book.

Spaces fill quickly, register now...

Museum Trip to Spain

Travel presentation January 28 3pm

Museum Trip to Spain

Come with us on an excursion from Madrid to Barcelona September 7 through 17. Would you like to learn more about the Museum’s trip to Spain? Register for a special travel presentation on Tuesday, January 28 at 3pm. Please RSVP to David Rau at (860) 434-5542, ext. 115 or David@FloGris.org.

Read more and view full itinerary through the link below. Experience Spain’s colorful pageant of art, history, and culture. Set against a backdrop that spans sunny Mediterranean shores and grand mountain ranges, this stunning destination is dotted with white pueblos and groves of oranges and olives. Witness the priceless masterpieces of the Prado Museum. Visit the exotic and expansive Alhambra palace, resplendent with Moorish regal flair. See the Cathedral of Seville, the third largest cathedral in the world. View Antonio Gaudí’s architectural masterpieces, including La Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell. 🇪🇸 Spain beckons. Let’s go together! 🇪🇸

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Current & Upcoming

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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  • 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


Current & Upcoming

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

Documents: Holiday Greetings from Old Lyme’s Artists

by Carolyn Wakeman Featured Image: Walter Magee, Merry Christmas, Jack Hoffman Papers, Lyme Historical Society Archives at the Florence Griswold...

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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.

Visit the Gallery

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.

Visit the House

Gardens and Grounds

Gardens and Grounds

The Museum’s grounds invite exploration.

Visit the Grounds