Holiday Magic

November 26, 2021 - January 2, 2022

  • Please note: The Krieble Gallery is currently closed while we install our next exhibition, opening May 21. The historic house and grounds remain open and Admission is reduced to $5.

🥫🥫 If you visit between November 26 and January 2, please consider bringing a non-perishable donation for the Shoreline Soup Kitchens and Pantries. 🥫🥫

🌲The Holiday Magic Celebration 🎉 is proudly supported by Pasta Vita.

Holiday Magic 2021

This year’s celebration features new twists on the traditional décor. Imagine a fictional mantel-decorating contest in the Griswold boardinghouse between the historic Lyme Art Colony artists. Inspired by their paintings, they rummage through their studios as well as old trunks in Miss Florence’s attic for festive objets d’art and holiday decorations. Miss Florence announces the winner and awards ribbons on her birthday—Christmas Day! See sidebar ➡️ for details.

In addition to the traditional decorations, three 🎄🎄🎄Fantasy Trees add bespoke sparkle in the historic house.

In the Krieble Gallery, over 220 painted 🎨 palettes, including a dozen new ones created this year, adorn four stunning 🌲🌲🌲🌲 Artist Trees. Scroll down to find out more about the painted palettes.

Miss Florence’s Teas — SOLD OUT!

December 7th – 30th
Our hand-blended, superior Ceylon and China black teas are enhanced with a touch of vanilla and other delicate spices over a two-day process by Sundial Gardens for a unique and elegant tea to be enjoyed with tea sandwiches and seasonal sweets catered by Gourmet Galley, all the while overlooking the wintry splendor of the Lieutenant River.

Seatings are at 2pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
$35 member / $40 non-member includes admission, tea time, and 10% discount at The Shop.


Painted Palette Kits

While supplies last, a special holiday crafting kit ready made for gifting.

Includes a copy of Miss Florence’s Artist Trees palette book, paint and brushes set, wooden palette, a canvas, 2 lesson plans (winter and river scenes), color mixing guide, and glitter, packed up to go in a Flo Gris tote bag!

$45, available in The Shop

🛍 Shopping in the Museum's store is a great for you, the Museum, and local artisans. 🎁

You’ll find the perfect gift (or a treat or two for yourself) from a fresh supply of unique items by the best vendors and local artists. Enjoy a safe shopping experience in our boutique-sized shop. Shop online (click here) or order over the phone at 860.434.5542 ext.111.

The Shop will transport you to a German Christmas Market with a showcase of handcrafted decorations direct from Europe. These heirloom-quality decorations come from family-owned workshops. Each piece represents experience and skill, honed over generations.

December Discount Days

Enjoy fun themed holiday discounts throughout the month of December! A different theme each day with 10% off (15% for Members!)


Did you know that Miss Florence was born on Christmas Day, 1850?

Learn more about Florence Griswold…








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