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24-hour advance reservations are available. Visitors without pre-booked tickets will be admitted as capacity allows.

Masks and physical distancing are required of everyone onsite regardless of vaccination status.

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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…

In order to protect our visitors and staff we are adhering to state guidelines. You will be asked to follow these requirements throughout your visit. There are no exceptions.

Failure to adhere to posted guidelines will result in all party members being asked to leave.

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New and Now

Garden Raffle

Only 350 tickets will be sold

Garden Raffle

Tickets sold online from May 1 through June 9. Drawing held virtually on June 11 at noon.

You could win one of five beautifully curated prizes, perfect for any garden lover (click the link to find out what)!

Ticket purchasers get exclusive access to "Resilience and Beauty: 2020 Through the Plants and Flowers of Uptop," an online presentation by NYC Landmarks Preservation Commissioner, architect, and green thumb Fred Bland. Originally slated as our 2020 Garden Luncheon speaker, Mr. Bland will share the story of his acclaimed gardens at his Branford property, Uptop, and offer sage gardening expertise for coastal gardeners. This event will live stream immediately after the online drawing—or can be watched at your leisure via a link to the recorded lecture.

Every dollar raised in this effort supports the care and stewardship of Miss Florence’s historic gardens and grounds. What a fun and easy way to help our gardens grow!

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VIRTUAL tour of current exhibitions

Expanding Horizons and Centennial of the Lyme Art Association Gallery

VIRTUAL tour of current exhibitions

Expanding Horizons features highlights from the HSB collection with an emphasis on new methods of research and interpretation. 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.

A second exhibition, Centennial of the Lyme Art Association Gallery, commemorates a landmark anniversary for our neighbor and sister institution by partially recreating their 1921 inaugural exhibition with works by Lucien Abrams, William Henry Howe, and Lydia Longacre, among others

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Design your wings with Julie Garvin Riggs

Reaching Out/Creating Art

Design your wings with Julie Garvin Riggs

These hands-on/minds-on activities are designed for all skill levels and to inspire your creative individuality. Most projects can be made with materials you can find around the house. Take your time and enjoy the art-making process. Check back often to see how other people completed their projects.

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NEW online exhibition

Hauling and Harrowing: Edward Volkert and the Connecticut Farm

NEW online exhibition

Expanding Horizons features highlights from the HSB collection with an emphasis on new methods of research and interpretation. 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.

A second exhibition, Centennial of the Lyme Art Association Gallery, commemorates a landmark anniversary for our neighbor and sister institution by partially recreating their 1921 inaugural exhibition with works by Lucien Abrams, William Henry Howe, and Lydia Longacre, among others

Find out more...

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

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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 Centennial of the Lyme Art Association Gallery

November 7, 2020 through May 23, 2021

Centennial of the Lyme Art Association Gallery

Centennial of the Lyme Art Association Gallery commemorates a landmark anniversary for our neighbor and sister institution by partially recreating their 1921 inaugural exhibition with works by Lucien Abrams, William Henry Howe, and Lydia Longacre, among others.

Lucien Abrams, A Date Palm, Spring 1913. Tempera on board. Private Collection, Connecticut.

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Online Offerings

Scholar Series

Expanding Perspectives on American Art 

Scholar Series

Join experts from all over the country as they expand our horizons about selected works from The Hartford Steam Boiler Collection. This virtual series takes advantage of the new and exciting scholarship offered in the current exhibition Expanding Horizons and features ten lectures on topics ranging from the American watercolor movement and folk art to African American studies and ecocriticism.

Register for individual presentations or the series.

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Virtual Art Camp On-Demand

plus in-person Jamboree

Virtual Art Camp On-Demand

This summer, the Museum is transforming its traditional onsite art camp into ten on-demand creative art experiences with Miss Julie. Participants receive a treasure box filled with an art camp tee shirt, sketch book, and ten custom art kits. Campers have unlimited access to ten 30-minute online art lessons with Miss Julie where she explains and demonstrates each of the art activities included. Art kits contain all materials and tools required.

Save the date of Sunday, August 1st from 1-4pm for an in-person Art Camp Jamboree, a celebration of all art camp participants!!!

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Miss Florence's Crafting Club for Summer and Spring

Inspiring museum-quality creativity at home

Miss Florence's Crafting Club for Summer and Spring

The crafters in the Education Department are busily preparing special fun and creative activities for budding young artists.

Club members will get a different craft kit monthly for five months(March-July) — all previous kits will be sent if you sign up after March. Craft kits include all materials and instructions.

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Friends and Neighbors

Free Virtual Lecture Series - Reframing the Stories Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios Can Tell

Free Virtual Lecture Series - Reframing the Stories Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios Can Tell

Virtual Lecture Series Home Improvement: Reframing the Stories Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios Can Tell - a partnership between Historic Artists’ Homes & Studios and the Florence Griswold Museum in celebration of National Preservation Month. Join us for a FREE three-part series of curated pairings of talks and guided conversation focused on the future of historic house and studio interpretation. Facilitated by Valerie A. Balint, Senior Program Manager, Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios, and Amy Kurtz Lansing, Curator, Florence Griswold Museum

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Together, the Florence Griswold Museum and neighboring Lyme Art Association offer art, history, and culture in a memory-making, garden-filled setting in historic Old Lyme.

It’s not hard to see why artists have been drawn here for well over 100 years. Beginning with the Lyme Art Colony c. 1900 through today.

Old Lyme Arts District

What's happening on historic Lyme Street

Old Lyme Arts District

Partners work to promote opportunities to enjoy and take part in the cultural arts and learning available on historic Lyme Street. Each partner, whether a business, a nonprofit, a town institution or school, is committed to highlighting for residents, cultural tourists, and visitors the rich cultural arts that are part of our heritage. With art galleries, music venues, and more, Lyme Street offers quite a bit for a quiet village lane!

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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.

Visit the Gallery

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.

Visit the House

Gardens and Grounds

Gardens and Grounds

The Museum’s grounds invite exploration.

Visit the Grounds

History Blog

Glimpses:  Strangers in Early Lyme

By Carolyn Wakeman Featured Image: Kendall Banning, The Road to Eden (showing the road to the meetinghouse),  Noyes-Ely Family Collection,...

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