Plan Your Visit

Discover Art, History, and Nature


Plan Your Visit

Discover Art, History, and Nature


Current Exhibitions

Pen to Paper, a selection from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art


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Creative kids explore the art and history of
 the Lyme Art Colony

Time to register for Summer Camp

Join a colony of young artists at the Museum’s five-day camps. Geared for students entering grades 1-6, campers investigate the Museum’s exhibitions, and paint, play games, and more. Camps include a t-shirt, all art-making materials, and daily snacks. Each week culminates in a fun art show displaying the week of student projects for family and friends.

Session 1 (grades 1-3): July 9-13
Session 2 (grades 4-6): July 16-20
Session 3 (grades 1-3): July 23-27
Session 4 (grades 4-6): July 30-August 3
Session 5 (grades 1-3): August 6-10
Session 6 (grades 4-6): August 13-17

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Online learning portal


This part of our website is designed for teachers and students to connect art and history in their classrooms, but can also be enjoyed by anyone!

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March through May

Events Calendar

Current & Upcoming


Pen to Paper, a selection from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art

Upcoming Exhibition - February 9

ust as putting pen to paper to create a line in a drawing is an artistic act, so is writing a letter. "Pen to Paper" reveals the beauty and intimacy of the craft of letter writing. From casually jotted notes to elaborately decorated epistles, Pen to Paper explores the handwriting of celebrated artists such as Berenice Abbott, Alexander Calder, Mary Cassatt, Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Eakins, Howard Finster, Harriet Hosmer, Jacob Lawrence, Robert Motherwell, Claes Oldenburg, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jackson Pollock, John Singer Sargent, James McNeill Whistler, and many others.
Robert Motherwell writing, 1944, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

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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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Drawing on the agricultural heritage of Florence Griswold’s family estate and of the Lyme region and beyond, this exhibition examines the history and character of New England’s farms in works by artists from the 19th to the 21st century.

Gregory Smith, "James in the Garden," ca. 1920. Oil on canvas, 16 x 20 inches. Florence Griswold Museum

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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.


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Seasonal Events

June 8 - 17, 2018


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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July 27 and 28, 2018

Midsummer Festival

Join us Friday night for art open houses, live music and dancing, or take part in Saturday’s activities, which include art exhibitions and sales, fresh market, musical performances, artisan fairs, book signings and sales, domestic farm animals, and hands-on kids’ activities.

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September 29 – October 28, 2018

Wee Faerie Village

Check back on Monday, February 5, to learn of this year's Village theme OR, "like" us on Facebook and you can be the first to learn of the theme during the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 4. Why Faeries and Football? Why not!

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History Blog

Landmarks: Peck Cemetery, The Resting Place of a Lyme Family

by Charles Beal Feature Image: Approaching Peck Cemetery from the northwest/east, showing carved gravestones, footstones, and fieldstones. Photographs by Charles Beal,...

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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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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



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.

Visit the Grounds