- 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.
A Welcome from the Director
Welcome to the website of the Florence Griswold Museum! If this is your first opportunity to get to know us, I invite you to explore this site and learn more about our robust offerings.
Situated along the picturesque Lieutenant River in Old Lyme, Connecticut, the Florence Griswold Museum embodies the artistic spirit of its legacy as the home of the Lyme Art Colony. From the impressive Georgian architecture of the home of namesake Florence Griswold, to the light-filled and modern spaces of the Krieble Gallery, to the rolling landscape of our 12-acre site, the Florence Griswold is a truly special place that is privileged to serve as the home of American Impressionism.
As an institution that embraces its future as much as its past, this website is one of a variety of platforms we embrace to reach our many audiences. I encourage you to use this resource to learn more about our unrivaled permanent collection, thought-provoking temporary exhibitions, and our online projects, such as SEE/change, History Blog, and our online-exclusive exhibitions. Valuable information about our wide array of educational programs, upcoming events, the history of the site and how to best enjoy your visit to the Museum (including lunch at Café Flo!) is also readily available.
Whether you are a Museum member, Old Lyme resident, or visitor to the area, we look forward to making your relationship with the Florence Griswold Museum an unforgettable one. On behalf of the Board of Trustees, staff, and volunteers of the Florence Griswold Museum, I welcome you to our website and to the Flo Gris community.
See you in the galleries!
Rebekah Beaulieu, Ph.D.
The Florence Griswold Museum Receives Reaccreditation by the American Alliance of Museums
April 9, 2018: The Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, Connecticut is honored to announce that it has received high marks from the American Alliance of Museums’ (AAM) Accreditation Commission. Accreditation helps to ensure the integrity and accessibility of museum collections, reinforce the educational and public service roles of museums, and promote good governance practices and ethical behavior.
Through a rigorous process of self-assessment and review by their peers, the museum has demonstrated it meets standards and best practices and are good stewards of the collections and resources they hold in the public trust. “The Florence Griswold Museum is an energetic place that creatively raises income and builds audiences,’ notes Amy Bartow-Melia, Chair of the AAMs Accreditation Committee. “The museum’s highly-detailed yearly strategic plans for each department are a model for other museums.”
Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, only 3% are currently accredited. “Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence,” said Laura Lott, Alliance president and CEO.” Accreditation is clearly a significant achievement, of which both the institutions and the communities they serve can be extremely proud.
About the American Alliance of Museums The American Alliance of Museums has been bringing museums together since 1906, helping to develop standards and best practices, gathering and sharing knowledge, and providing advocacy on issues of concern to the entire museum community. Representing more than 35,000 individual museum professionals and volunteers, institutions, and corporate partners serving the museum field, the Alliance stands for the broad scope of the museum community. For more information, visit www.aam-us.org.
The Florence Griswold Museum fosters the understanding of American art, with emphasis on the art, history, and landscape of Connecticut.
Fulfillment of Mission
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.
Over the past four years, the Museum has seen a steady rise in exhibition attendance and total visitorship, culminating in 76,661 visitors in 2017. 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. Over 120,000 web visitors interact with FGM’s website each year, while over 23,000 people now subscribe to the bi-monthly electronic newsletter.Subscribe to the Museum's eNews now
Board of Trustees
John E. Noyes
First Vice President
Second Vice President
Jonathan L. Cohen
Andrea Griffis Inglis
Mary Ann Rumney Besier
Charles T. Clark
Jeffrey W. Cooley
David W. Dangremond
Frank W. Hamilton III
Robert D. Webster
George J. Willauer
Maxwell M. Belding
Wilson G. Bradford
Clement C. Moore II
Dr. John Niblack
Nelson H. White
Townsend Ludington, Chair
Harry S. Parker III
Robert Smith, Jr.
Dr. Christopher B. Steiner
Lyn Gammill Walker
Jobs and Internships
TITLE: Facilities Manager
REPORTS TO: Director
HOURS: Full-time, 40 hours per week
This full-time position plays a key role in the management and daily operation of the Museum’s buildings and grounds. The Facilities Manager reports directly to the Director and works closely with the Buildings and Grounds Committee and the staff to implement annual plans for the facilities and respond to the needs of the Museum. The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.
Oversee buildings and grounds maintenance and improvements.
Work with other staff and volunteers on the set up, execution, and take down of special events.
Working with the Director, help coordinate capital improvement projects involving architects and contractors.
Serve as staff liaison to the Building and Grounds Committee by scheduling quarterly meetings, preparing the agenda and meeting materials, and writing the minutes for dissemination.
As head of building security, this position is responsible for maintaining all electronic and physical security systems as well as updating security and disaster preparedness procedures.
Evaluate issues of security and public safety and take steps to assure that collections are protected and safe access to public areas is maintained.
Train new staff in security procedures and oversee any contract security personnel.
Control access, clearance levels, and distribution of keys and card readers to all staff.
Be available to respond to after-hours alarms.
Be prepared to implement security and disaster preparedness procedures.
Work closely with the Curator and Registrar on the effective public presentation of the collections including helping them with the design and installation of exhibitions. This sometimes involves heavy lifting and the use of the GENIE lift to light the galleries.
Participate in Exhibition Team planning meetings.
Be willing to learn and implement museum standards in the care of the collections. This includes handling fine art and objects, assisting with their safe storage and movement, and monitoring temperature and humidity controls. Experience with fine art and/or special collections highly preferred.
Working with outside specialists and vendors, the Facilities Manager is responsible for overseeing the Museum’s computer systems and networks as they relate to HVAC Controls, Physical and Electronic Security Controls, and the Voice-Over IP Phone System.
Coordinate with the Business Office on the maintenance of the LAN, POS, Internet, and other IT systems outsourced to a vendor.
Understands the Museum’s financial processes.
Prepares, justifies, and administers the department budget and maintenance schedule.
Oversees procurement and contracting to achieve desired results.
Monitors expenditures and uses cost-benefit thinking to set priorities.
Human Capital Management
Builds and manages workforce based on organizational goals, budget considerations, and staffing needs.
Ensures that employees are appropriately recruited, selected, appraised, and rewarded; takes action to address performance problems.
Oversee staff, volunteers, and outside contractors such as the Groundskeeper, the Museum’s cleaning service, Garden Gang, and all maintenance vendors.
Required to attend events/meetings outside regular business hours throughout the year.
- Must have a working knowledge of electrical, plumbing, HVAC, security systems, general carpentry, and hardware and software that the Museum employs. Enthusiastic to learn new technology.
- The ability to build cases and vitrines is helpful, as well as crating and packing of paintings and objects under the direction of the Registrar.
- Shows a commitment to serve the public. Ensures that actions meet public needs and is committed to continuous improvement.
- Conduct oneself with the highest standards of decorum, objectivity, and professional integrity in every circumstance that relates to the operations of the Museum or may influence the endeavors or reputation of the Museum. In no way shall personal gain of any kind influence the decisions of the Museum. Recognize that personal activities may reflect upon the reputation of the Museum. Shall not misrepresent the mission, objectives, policies, or programs of the Museum.
- Be an excellent communicator, in both written and oral form. This includes being able to take a large amount of information and summarizing it quickly both in writing and orally on a regular basis. Ability to track communication across multiple channels without losing any details.
- Assesses and recognizes own strengths and weaknesses; pursues self-development.
- Inspires and fosters team commitment, spirit, pride, and trust. Facilitates cooperation and motivates team members to accomplish group goals. Able to resolves conflicts and disagreements in a constructive manner.
- Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
- Builds consensus through give and take; gains cooperation from others to obtain information and accomplish goals.This position requires an undergraduate degree, or equivalent combination of education and experience, with hands-on knowledge pertaining to the operation of facilities, including both modern and historic buildings. Sensitivity to the care and presentation of Museum’s collections is essential as is the ability to interact effectively with other staff and volunteers in a collegial, team environment.
Please submit cover letter, resume, and three professional references to: firstname.lastname@example.org and use subject line: Facilities Manager. Confidential nominations welcome. The Florence Griswold Museum offers competitive salary and benefits and is an equal opportunity employer.
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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.
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