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Florence Griswold Museum

Address: 96 Lyme Stree, Old Lyme, CT 06371
Phone Number: 860-434-5542
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Old Lyme
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Owner description: Patroness Florence Griswold opened her boarding house to a group of artists who formed the Lyme Art...
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Attraction details
Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
Hours:
Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner 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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Kennesaw, Georgia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

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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23 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
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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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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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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98 reviews 98 reviews
10 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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
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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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Northeast
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Just off I-95 in Old Lyme the Florence Griswold Museum offers a wonderful museum with attached gift shop, a great old house that's been restored and filled with art, plus a wonderful outdoor restaurant overlooking the river. Old Lyme is the birthplace of American Impressionism and the Flo has many of the original paintings on exhibit. It is definitely worth... More 

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Litchfield, Connecticut
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8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The Museum regularly offers a Wee Faery artists installation on the grounds and this year the motif was a steampunk version of Alice in Wonderland. Folks came in costumes and the outdoor activity was fun and entertaining. The original 1800s home of Florence Griswold, with some of the rooms furnished in the style of her era when it was an... More 

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Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
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28 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The Florence Griswold Museum is a "must see stop" if you are in the Old Lyme area. The main museum currently houses several collections, which during our visit included period paintings & water colors, sculpture, and modern art works in glass. In addition, there is a collection of pieces and artifacts on the surrounding grounds which included an Alice in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Absolutely beautiful works of art for this exhibit. Such detail and whimsy in each of the Alice in Wonderland inspired pieces. My kids, 8 and 10, enjoyed following the written guide and the scavenger hunt in Florence Griswold's home.

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