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Florence Griswold Museum

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Address: 96 Lyme Stree, Old Lyme, CT 06371
Phone Number: 860-434-5542
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: Patroness Florence Griswold opened her boarding house to a group of...
Patroness Florence Griswold opened her boarding house to a group of artists who formed the Lyme Art Colony, the elite of American Impressionism.
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Amazing Museum

The Florence Griswold Museum has something for everyone. This is a "must see" if you are nearby or planning a trip. The art is phenomenal...and the history is incredible. It is... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

The Florence Griswold Museum has something for everyone. This is a "must see" if you are nearby or planning a trip. The art is phenomenal...and the history is incredible. It is well worth the trip. You will leave with a new found understanding of the life and history of Miss Florence and the artists she catered to. Enjoy!

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Princeton and Charlottesville
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62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

If you've ever enjoyed works by Childe Hassam or any of the other American Impressionists or Luminists, then this is a must-see. The original house is fascinating, with recreated glimpses of Florence Griswold's boarding house for artists on the ground floor, and galleries of works created locally ca. 1900 on the second floor. The new galleries in a nearby building... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

I toured New England for three weeks during automn 2014 and the Florence Griswold House was one of the most amazing places that I've seen. I love art, but I must admit that I wasn't familiar with American Impressionism. The visit at the Florence Griswold House and Museum taught me a lot and captured my imagination: One can easily imagine... More 

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Westerly, Rhode Island
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

We went on a brisk winter day after lunch with friends. The museum is on the grounds of the boarding house where the Old Lyme Art Colony gathered in summer past. At the preserved main house, rooms are maintained as they were with door panels and walls painted by resident artists. The art gallery exhibits are worth a visit, though... More 

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Kennesaw, Georgia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

The Florence Griswold House and Museum and it is a wonderful place to visit any time. We have visited in the summer and enjoyed lunch in the café beside the river with wonderful food and views and we just visited during Christmas season and loved the decorations in the house and the variety in the gift shop. The Museum has... More 

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Branford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Makes for a nice relaxing afternoon vist. Always something different going on. Great for familys. Nice little restaurant ( in season) too. Very inexpensive but buy a membership if you might go a few times.

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Old Lyme, Connecticut, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is a place to visit and revisit. The variety of different shows are always interesting. The Florence Griswold house is exceptional and gives the unique perspective of how these artists worked and lived together over a century ago.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Place to visit and learn of our early colony painters of impressionism. Educational and beautiful. Loads to see and the grounds are beautiful. Cafe Flo serves lunch and that is quite good. In October is Wee Fairyland and this year it was spectacular. Worth a trip.

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St. Catharines, Canada
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76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

You'll learn about and see so much here, including at least two movements in the history of American art: the development of the American Tonalist School and American Impressionism. As well you'll be able to tour a well restored and maintained century home. Do watch the orientation film first - it put everything into perspective. They also have rotating and... More 

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Old Lyme, CT
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23 reviews 23 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

There are great reviews about the museum itself - but if you're looking for a nice artsy alternative to grab lunch - this is definitely the spot. Note, however, the opening hours, as they're only open May-Nov. Tastefully presented, this food is good and the overall experience is unforgettable. (not, however, really a family friendly spot - IMO. More the... More 

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