Celebrating Art, History, and Nature

Dreams & Memories

October 1 - May 14

Dreams & Memories

Dreams & Memories both manifest and generate ideas, perhaps no more powerfully than in art. This exhibition combines historic and contemporary art from the Museum’s permanent collection to explore the themes of dreams and memories as multidimensional drivers of artistic creativity and expressions of powerful forces in American society.

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Wee Faerie Village presents...Twinkle Point!

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. Explore faerie-sized roller coasters, carousels, arcades, and shops – everything you might find at any amusement park – only tiny. Outdoor family fun all month long!

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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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Discovery Sundays

Sundays, April-September

Discovery Sundays

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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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

Exhibition Note: Ducks and Geese: Hunting, Cooking, Conservation, and the Arts in Old Lyme

By John E. Noyes Featured Image: Dana Sherwood (b.1977), The Sausage Forest. Ink and watercolor on paper. Sean Patrick Murphy Family...

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