Welcome to the Florence Griswold Museum’s website! This content-rich site, newly designed for improved navigability, offers a wealth of educational resources and vital information that will prepare you for a visit to one of the historic centers of American art.
During the early years of the 20th century, the Lyme Art Colony, centered in Miss Florence Griswold’s boardinghouse, became America’s most famous summer art colony. Today this museum of art and history tells the story of how Connecticut played a pivotal role in fostering an authentic American art. Located in the village of Old Lyme, Connecticut, the Museum is devoted to serving a growing audience made up of a loyal network of friends and visitors from around the world.
I cordially invite you to explore what the Museum has to offer, sample a museum exhibit, research various topics, learn about the collections, purchase a ticket for a program or a book from our shop, become a member, or just browse the wealth of content at your fingertips. Whatever you do please check back with us frequently to stay current with the Museum’s activities.
As always, we look forward to seeing you at the Museum!
The Florence Griswold Museum fosters the understanding of American art, with emphasis on the art, history, and landscape of Connecticut.
The Museum achieves this goal through the acquisition, preservation, and interpretation of original artifacts of American art and history.
To this end, the Museum recognizes its responsibility to present exhibitions, educational programs, and publications that contribute to a greater appreciation of the nation’s artistic accomplishments and the region’s distinctive cultural history.
The Museum’s ongoing commitment to improving both its institutional infrastructure and the way it serves audiences has transformed the Museum into one of Connecticut’s premier cultural institutions.
Over the past four years, the Museum has seen a steady rise in exhibition attendance and total visitorship, culminating in 58,800 visitors in 2010. According to a recent economic impact study, out-of-town visitors spend an average of $479 per family while in the area, resulting in an estimated annual economic impact of $16.5 million. While drawing a national and international audience the Museum is also growing in stature among its core constituency of visitors from Southeastern Connecticut as a valued gathering place for the community.
With support from the Connecticut Humanities Council, the Museum is investing heavily in efforts to reach new audiences through technology, having created a distinctive website presence and an innovative series of web-based learning tools about Florence Griswold and the artists of the Lyme Art Colony. Approximately 80,000 unique web visitors interact with FGM’s website each month, while over 23,000 people now subscribe to the bi-monthly electronic newsletter.
Board of Trustees
2015 – 2016
Frank W. (Ted) Hamilton III, President
David W. Dangremond, Vice President
Jane Rapport, Vice President
Lee Jacobus, Secretary
Andy Baxter, Treasurer
Lee Pritchard, Assistant Treasurer
James Carey, Counsel
Vincent J. Dowling
Andrea Griffis Inglis
John E. Noyes
Erica Tannen Semple
Mary Ann Rumney Besier
Charles T. Clark
Jeffrey W. Cooley
Robert D. Webster
George J. Willauer
Maxwell M. Belding
Wilson G. Bradford
Clement C. Moore II
Dr. John Niblack
William E. Phillips
Nelson H. White
C. Townsend Ludington, Chair
Harry S. Parker III
Robert Smith, Jr.
Dr. Christopher B. Steiner
Lyn Gammill Walker
Internships & Jobs
Please contact the department you are interested in directly and have resume and cover letter available.
The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut, seeks a highly motivated Registrar to manage its collections of American paintings, works on paper, decorative arts, and archival materials. The Museum is located in coastal Connecticut on a historic site that was once the setting for the Lyme Art Colony. A regional museum of American art, FGM is a dynamic cultural destination combining art, history, and landscape with strong educational dimensions. Reporting to the Curator, the Registrar will help manage the Museum’s collections and help coordinate its exhibition program. Responsibilities include supervising storage, executing loans and insurance, maintaining the collections database, digital images, and all collection records, and assisting with the planning, production, and installation of exhibitions. Qualifications include a B.A. in art history, American studies, or related field, Master’s degree preferred; 2-3 years of museum experience; knowledge of best practices for museum registration; proficiency with collections management software; hands-on attention to detail; strong organizational skills, including the ability to supervise interns and volunteers and interact with the public; ability to assist physically with installations and to lift 35 pounds. Competitive salary and benefits. Please email cover letter, resume, and references to firstname.lastname@example.org. No calls.
If you do not find the information you need on the website, please contact Tammi Flynn, Director of Marketing.
Just as Miss Florence’s home captured the imagination of artists over one hundred years ago, the Museum is attracting the attention of another generation of artists and art lovers. Since opening the Krieble Gallery in July 2002, attendance has more than doubled. The Museum is a resource for local residents as well as a destination for visitors from around the world.
We have a full selection of digital images of our permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, buildings, grounds and gardens, programs, and events.
We are happy to supply them to qualified media professionals upon request. Interviews with key staff can also be arranged. Hopefully you can make a personal visit to the 13-acre site but if you are unable, information can be sent to you immediately upon request.
If you would like to be added to our media list to receive advance information about Museum activities, please email your address (mail and e-mail) and media affiliation.