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Florence Griswold Museum

96 Lyme Stree, Old Lyme, CT 06371
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Ranked #1 of 6 attractions in Old Lyme
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Historic Sites
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Description: 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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Amherst, MA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We were taking a trip to Old Saybrook and a friend told us about this museum. What a wonderful find! We learned about the Old Lyme school of art and Florence Griswold. There is a great deal of the tonality/impressionist art all through the house. Especially don't miss the dining room. Then there are the lovely gardens and the little... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014 via mobile

the Florence Griswold museum is a gem of a small museum, however her house is the interesting thing to see.The women who tell you the various stories the permeate the walls is the real stuff of the place. There are also a few out buildings to see that take you back to the turn of the twentieth century as well... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This museum is an absolute gem! The Florence Griswold Museum contains one of the best collections of American Impressionist art you will find anywhere along with a fascinating history of this art colony. The Florence Griswold House has been renovated to appear as it was during the colony’s hey day. The Kriegle Gallery, which is a separate building from the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

World class collection of turn of the century impressionism art includes a 19th century home which was a boarding house for artists.

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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 via mobile

We have visited many times and each time learn something new about the evolution of the American Impressionist School.

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Old Saybrook
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Frequently changing wonderful art exhibits, opening receptions, beautiful gallery and surroundings and excellent programs. While not having eaten there recently, the menu looks inviting.

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Bolton, Connecticut
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

As soon as you step inside the house you can almost hear the clinking of the glasses and the lively conversations from years gone by. The impressionist art is awesome. The dining room with it's painted panels are a treasure to behold...a real treat!

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Montreal, Canada
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148 helpful votes 148 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

This is a must-see for lovers of Impressionist art. The temporary exhibition of Lucien Abrams is excellent. The two docents at the Florence Griswold house on the museum grounds, are very knowledgeable and pleasant ladies, who obviously love their work. They are both fountains of information, not only about the art at this museum, but also about the local area... More

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Greenfield MA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

First, if you really want to see the exhibit in their new gallery space - not the original home - call and check ahead. We knew there were two exhibits - one not open yet, and another open. We did not call and arrived to discover that the second exhibit was closed because they were hanging the new one and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

The interior galleries always have a thought provoking selection of paintings. The outdoor special exhibits are usually a surprise. It's a great place to bring house guests, even if it's just to wander in the garden or along the river.

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