Plan Your Visit

Discover Art, History, and Nature


Plan Your Visit

Discover Art, History, and Nature


May 11 through September 16

Exhibition - Art and the New England Farm


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Sunday, June 24 noon to 4pm

Connecticut's Historic Garden's Day

The countdown is on! Connecticut's Historic Garden's Day is THIS SUNDAY, June 24 from noon to 4pm. All 14 sites throughout Connecticut have special activities planned to celebrate their historic gardens.

Pick a few sites near you, or plan a day trip to explore new territory!

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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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June through August

Events Calendar

Current & Upcoming


May 11 through September 16

Art and the New England Farm

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

Upcoming Exhibition - September 29, 2018–January 27, 2019

pa•per trail noun a series of documents providing written evidence of a sequence of events or the activities of a person or organization

Within the Florence Griswold Museum’s collection works on paper represent a key component of the institution’s “founding documents.” This exhibition follows the “paper trail” of acquisitions and gifts made to the Museum over its long history to examine how artists’ approaches to process, including drawing, etching, painting, and lithography, connect and speak to each other over time. In addition to showcasing artists at the Lyme Art Colony, collection highlights include works on paper by Anni and Joseph Albers, Fidelia Bridges, James Daugherty, Sol LeWitt, James Martin, Thomas Nason, and Mary Way.

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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

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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November 23, 2018 through January 6, 2019

Magic of Christmas

The holidays are particularly delight-filled at the Florence Griswold Museum!

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History Blog

Glimpses: The Case of Henry Freeman

by Carolyn Wakeman Featured Image:  In 1840 Stephen J. Lord added side ells to his home across the green from...

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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.

Visit The Gallery

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