Programs & Events

Magic of Christmas

  • 🎫 MUSEUM admission is available with 24-hour advance online ticketing only. 📞 CAFÉ FLO by reservation only (860) 434-5542 x 126.

December is particularly delight-filled at the Museum.

Love the painted palettes? Every year since 2004, artists from all over the country have added to the palettes on Miss Florence’s Artist Trees which are displayed in the Krieble Gallery.

In 2019 we finally reached over 200 palettes—so many that we need four delightfully-decorated trees to present all of them. And we’re still adding! To commemorate the event, we published Miss Florence’s Artist Trees: Celebrating a Tradition of Painted Palettes, which showcases each of the works of art on its own page. Look for it online here and in The Shop.


Enjoy History Blog posts that feature hand-crafted Christmas cards by Lyme Art Colony artists. Learn how artist Thomas Nason spent Christmas during World War I.

“All I want for Christmas” by Mariah Carey

Teas will continue in 2020 - check back for details!

Miss Florence’s Christmastime Teas

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 wintery splendor of the Lieutenant River.

$35 member / $40 non-member / $30 groups of 10 or more: includes admission, tea time, and 10% discount at The Shop.

Please call 860-434-5542 x 111 for information and reservations;
provide any dietary restrictions when making your reservation.


Christmas was also Miss Florence's birthday!

Did you know that Miss Florence was born on Christmas Day in 1850? To celebrate, we decorate her house as she would have in 1910, the heyday period of the Lyme Art Colony. come for a visit! Happy Birthday Miss Florence! You will also see Miss Florence’s Artist Trees and designer Fantasy Trees. Christmastime Teas, special events for families, hands-on crafts for children and adults, and wonderful items in The Shop are sure to bring holiday cheer! For Miss Florence’s Artist Trees, over 200 noted artists from across the country have donated works to this one-of-a-kind holiday icon.

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