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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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The Magic of Christmas

November 29 through January 5

The Magic of Christmas

Christmastime at the Florence Griswold Museum is a beloved tradition for friends across the region! This year, we celebrate more than 200 painted palettes on Miss Florence’s Artist Trees with a new keepsake publication Miss Florence’s Artist Trees: Celebrating a Tradition of Painted Palettes. Available in the Museum’s Shop and online.

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A message from Becky

A message from Becky

Your support of the annual fund creates opportunities that make our corner of the world truly special.

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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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Installation in the Florence Griswold House

On view through January 12, 2020

Installation in the Florence Griswold House

An Evening of Metamorphosis at the Lyme Art Colony -- Much like Miss Florence invited artists into her home and encouraged their creativity, the Museum has welcomed our first Artist-in-Residence Jennifer Angus to transform the Florence Griswold House into a fantastical insect-themed party held by Colony artists. Angus’s work contributes to the dialogue about the persuasive role art can play in advocating for the preservation of our earth. Through January 12.

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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


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Seasonal Events

Magic of Christmas

November 29 through January 5

Magic of Christmas

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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GardenFest

Check back soon for 2020 dates.

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 a Garden Luncheon and Blooms with a View.

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Wee Faerie Village 2020

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Wee Faerie Village 2020


History Blog

Profile: Lyme and the California Gold Rush: The Adventures of Henry Noyes

By John Ely Noyes Featured Image: Henry Noyes, ca. 1849-1850, Lyme Historical Society Archives at the Florence Griswold Museum Henry...

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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.

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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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