- COVID-19 Update--Dear Friends, as part of the effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus, we have closed the Museum to the public through at least April 30, and have cancel all programs during this time. We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the Museum soon (and often!), but until then, we encourage you to visit the Artists’ Trail, a half-mile walk around the Museum’s riverfront landscape and gardens. Check our website and social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) to stay up-to-date about the Museum’s status and enjoy beautiful images, on-line exhibitions, fun facts, and behind-the-scenes videos. Should you need a staff member, call or email them as usual. Please stay in touch, Your FloGris Friends
In good weather, guests can even paint “en plein air” (in the open air) just as the artists did over a hundred years ago.
Every Sunday from April through December, visitors of all ages are encouraged to participate. Discovery Sundays, which are free with museum admission, begin in the Education Center where visitors can choose from a variety of hands-on activities. Supplied with canvas, palette, paint, brushes, a smock and a quick lesson in color mixing and painting techniques visitors discover for themselves why Miss Florence’s was THE place to paint!
Discovery Sundays are made possible, in part, through a grant from the Institute of Library and Museum Services.
Please Note: We suspend painting during our Wee Faerie Village event each October — there are plenty of faerie-related hands-on projects every Sunday to keep you busy!
Next, head out to the Art Cart.
Inside you’ll find five types of Explorer Kits. Try them all! Each kit guides families to explore the grounds and its connection to the artists who famously painted here.
Play some games!
Also, get Can You Find Me? Cards in the gallery and a scavenger hunt in the Florence Griswold House. We dare you to be bored!
Collect Stickers with each visit!
The Museum’s youngest patrons are sure to enjoy our newest keepsake publication, My Sticker Book Guide to the Florence Griswold Museum. The booklet, beautifully illustrated by Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts graduate and former Museum employee Kelsey Ross, tells the story of Miss Florence and her artist friends. Each time a child visits the Museum, they earn a sticker to complete one of the booklet illustrations. Those who collect all six stickers receive a gift certificate to the Museum Shop. One page of the booklet encourages children to write down or draw what they liked best during each visit.