• Please note that through September 29 only the house and grounds are open. The galleries are closed to change exhibitions.

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  • Please note that through September 29 only the house and grounds are open. The galleries are closed to change exhibitions.

    Discover Art, History, and Nature

    Visit
  • Current Exhibitions

    On the Front Lines: Three Reflections on Identity

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Lunch overlooking the Lieutenant River. Dine with table service on the veranda. The Café’s delicious and inventive dishes are prepared by Gourmet Galley using only the freshest ingredients available from local farmers and purveyors.

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View pictures from the evening!

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Visitors explore over thirty hand-crafted, faerie-sized homes.

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Current & Upcoming

Exhibitions

September 30, 2017 - January 28, 2018

On the Front Lines: Three Reflections on Identity

Organized by the Florence Griswold Museum, these three exhibitions examine various aspects of community participation and social consciousness.

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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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SEP 30, 2017 - JAN 28, 2018

Fall Exhibitions

Three exhibitions examine social consciousness and community participation.

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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


Current & Upcoming

Seasonal Events

Sep 30 - Oct 29

Wee Faerie Village

Visitors explore over thirty hand-crafted, faerie-sized homes.

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Dec 1, 2017 – Jan 8, 2018

Magic of Christmas

December is particularly delight-filled at the Museum.

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Jun 3 - Jun 12

GardenFest

Kick off the garden season in Old Lyme with this exciting series of events that take place in and around the Museum’s historic gardens.

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History Blog

Exhibition Note: Fidelia Bridges’ Forgotten Summers

by Carolyn Wakeman Feature Image: Fidelia Bridges, Wild Roses Among Rye, 1874. Watercolor and gouache over pencil. Florence Griswold Museum, Gift...

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Collections

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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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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Rase 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

Begin your visit at the Krieble Gallery.

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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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The Museum’s grounds invite exploration.

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