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Florence Griswold Museum

96 Lyme Stree, Old Lyme, CT 06371
860-434-5542
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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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Sydney, Australia
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752 reviews 752 reviews
364 attraction reviews
300 helpful votes 300 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Bless Miss Florence Griswold’s who's boardinghouse, became America’s most famous summer art colony and the home of American Impressionism. Her house is a work of art with those staying paying her back by painting everywhere, even on door panels as a thank you. The new gallery is stunning and the outdoor art installations surprise. Well worth several hours of your... More

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Boston MA
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113 helpful votes 113 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

I would recommend watching the introductory film and then to the house. The artwork there gives much feeling to the home and shows the living conditions and explains the camaraderie of the visiting artists. Great docents. Museum a nice attraction as well.

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Rome, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The Florence Griswold museum is a must for anyone interested in Impressionist art. It was the home to the American Impressionist Art colony during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The setting is beautiful and relaxing. The docents are pleasant and knowledgeable. The main house is home to the permanent collection while the newer larger galleries house changing exhibits... More

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Farmington, Connecticut
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16 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

On a recent walk though our neighborhood we happened upon a neighbor who told us about a folk art exhibit at this museum. We had heard of this this museum but in our 50 years of living in Connecticut had never made a visit. This weekend we were entertaining friends from New York and suggested to them that we spend... More

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Deep River, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We came here as a whole school to view "The Land of Oz" as many of the students' artwork was included in "Munchkinland". It was definitely an enjoyable day both for the students and adults alike :)

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new york city
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The story behind the museum and the house is so interesting; the art is beautiful, and the location is wonderful! The setting on the Connecticut River is so beautiful and relaxing. The docents are lovely, friendly, and very well informed. Enjoy your afternoon.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Rather tucked away but well worth seeking out. Contains a great collection of US impressionism as part of a larger campus.

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Amherst, MA
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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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200 attraction reviews
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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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Connecticut
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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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