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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Holiday Magic

November 25-December 31

Holiday Magic

Celebrate the holidays with over 200 painted palettes on display in the Krieble Galleries, décor and artist trees in the historic house, holiday teas, gift shopping, and much more!

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Visitors are encouraged to bring in a non-perishable food donation for the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries during the holiday season as they visit Holiday Magic, November 25-December 31.

Participants receive $1 off admission for each member in the party.

Thank you for your generous support of our community!

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Museum Store Sunday is November 27

Museum Store Sunday — An International Day of Savings

Save 20% storewide on this special day! Shop small, shop local, and support your favorite small businesses this holiday season.

Be A Patron on Museum Store Sunday and all year round. #MuseumStoreSunday


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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Gallery Talk: Artistry of the Artist Trees

December 11, 2pm

Gallery Talk: Artistry of the Artist Trees

Learn the history of this beloved holiday with David D.J. Rau, Director of Education and Outreach. Free with Museum Admission, the talk will highlight the newest palettes to join the collection of 250 artistic donations.

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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: Recalling Lyme’s Runaways

By Carolyn Wakeman Featured Image: Glenn Ligon (b. 1960), Untitled from Runaways, 1993. Photolithograph. Florence Griswold Museum, Purchase. 2022.4.1-10 The...

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