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The Museum is open!  Current exhibitions — Expanding Horizons: Celebrating 20 Years of the Hartford Steam Boiler Collection and Centennial of the Lyme Art Association Gallery. Read more about Expanding Horizons and Lyme Art Association Centennial…

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What's On

Wee TV

Wee TV

Free programs with all sorts of faerie fun - for everyone.

All 10 episodes are online. They will live on our website forever so that you can enjoy and share the faerie magic any time!

On Wee TV you can - visit past Wee Faerie Villages, listen to stories, and learn how to make faerie-inspired crafts. Plus, meet some very special surprise guests!

Virtual Faerie Village is generously supported by Art Bridges, the ForGood Fund at the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut, and the Joffray Family.

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Check out our Contest Entries!

Check out our Contest Entries!

Although everyone who entered in a real “winner” to us, the three entries chosen at random from the 23 submissions will be mailed the wee faerie crafts tote bag.

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Magic of Christmas

November 27 to January 3

Magic of Christmas

This year’s celebration features new twists on the traditional décor. Imagine a fictional mantel-decorating contest in the Griswold boardinghouse between the historic Lyme Art Colony artists. Inspired by their paintings, they rummage through their studios as well as old trunks in Miss Florence’s attic for festive objets d’art and holiday decorations. Miss Florence announces the winner and awards ribbons on her birthday—Christmas Day!

In addition to the traditional decorations, three Fantasy Trees add bespoke sparkle in the historic house – two created by members of the Museum’s Marketing and Development departments, and a third by Candice Hunsinger of Ivory & Iron in Essex.

In the Krieble Gallery, over 220 painted palettes, including a dozen new ones created this year, adorn four stunning Artist Trees. Scroll down to find out more about the painted palettes.

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Current & Upcoming

Exhibitions

Expanding Horizons: Celebrating 20 Years of the Hartford Steam Boiler Collection,

November 7, 2020 through May 23, 2021

Expanding Horizons: Celebrating 20 Years of the Hartford Steam Boiler Collection,

In 2001 The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Company donated its art collection of 190 works to the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of this transformative gift, the Museum presents highlights from the collection with an emphasis on new methods of research and interpretation, showcasing the innovative ways in which scholarship has progressed over the past two decades. Commemorating these past twenty years, twenty leading art historians have re-examined 20 works through the lenses of environmental art history, material culture, landscape studies, and issues of identity, such as gender and race.


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VIRTUAL tour

Fresh Fields: American Impressionist Landscapes

VIRTUAL tour

This exhibition of beloved landscapes created by Impressionist artists who visited Old Lyme brings new voices to bear on old favorites. Inspired by the opening of the Robert F. Schumann Artists’ Trail in 2019, the Museum’s curators sought to place these landscape paintings in a fresh light by sharing new research as well as recent acquisitions, and inviting outside experts to help us appreciate our collections with deeper ecological and historical understanding.

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VIRTUAL Tour

Florence Griswold House

VIRTUAL Tour

History Blog

Letters: Freedom on the Ballot in the 1856 Election

by Carolyn Wakeman Featured image: George Henry Yewell, Phoebe Griffin Noyes [detail]. Courtesy Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library Not only in...

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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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