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Dana Sherwood: Animal Appetites and Other Encounters in Wildness

May 21 - September 18

Dana Sherwood: Animal Appetites and Other Encounters in Wildness

In her first solo Museum exhibition, artist Dana Sherwood brings together films, sculpture installations, and oil and watercolor paintings to interrogate the relationship between wild nature and domestic culture. Drawing on her research into cross-species communication, this exhibition is a whimsical, thought-provoking rumination on connections between humankind and our animal neighbors.

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Art Colony Camp Returns!

In-Person Instruction this Summer

Art Colony Camp Returns!

Our incredibly popular summer camps return! Students from first grade through middle school are welcome for a summer full of fun, educational art experiences.

Explore our programs and find the one right for your camper, making memories to last a lifetime!

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Discovery Sundays Return

Sundays, April-September

Discovery Sundays Return

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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Garden Luncheon 2022 • Friday, June 10

Get your hats and fascinators ready: a beloved tradition returns to the grounds of the Florence Griswold Museum! Join us for a Garden Luncheon, supporting the stewardship and preservation of the Museum’s historic gardens and riverside landscape.

Lunch, jazz, a display of art and flowers in Blooms with a View, and a lecture by author Marta McDowell make for a spectacular afternoon. Unearthing The Secret Garden: The Plants & Places That Inspired Frances Hodgson Burnett explores gardening inspirations behind one of literature’s greatest treasures, inspiring you to unlock the secret magic in your own garden.


Sunday, June 26

Celebrate Connecticut's Historic Gardens Day!

From garden tours and presentations to refreshments, family crafts activities, special exhibits, and demonstrations with local artists, an afternoon of nature and history delights awaits you. Visit Connecticut’s Historic Gardens for updates about what each garden will be planning in the coming weeks.

Can’t make it on June 26? We hope you will plan visits to some (or all!) of our garden sites throughout the year – pick a few sites near you, or plan a day trip to explore new territory!

Remember to use your Passport – bring your CT’s Historic Gardens brochure (or pick one up at any of the member gardens), have it initialed at three locations, and you’ll receive a free packet of garden-themed notecards.

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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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New London County Quilts & Bed Covers, 1750-1825

Virtual Tour

New London County Quilts & Bed Covers, 1750-1825

Enjoy a bird's a view of the current exhibition New London County Quilts & Bed Covers, 1750-1825 in our virtual tour. Read exhibition texts in-depth, or share with family & friends!

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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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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: Quilt Fashion in Old Lyme

by Carolyn Wakeman Featured image: Elvira Comstock Clark, Log cabin quilt (detail), ca. 1890. Courtesy of Carolyn Wakeman An intricately...

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