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Florence Griswold Museum

96 Lyme Stree, Old Lyme, CT 06371
860-434-5542
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Ranked #1 of 7 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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Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey
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59 reviews 59 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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Harwich, Massachusetts
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15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Old Lyme is a beautiful shoreline community in southern Connecticut and worthy of a stop. The Florence Griswold Museum is a cherished part of this community. I spent a glorious morning with a friend at their October Fairie Festival where local artist construct art on the grounds of the museum based on a theme. The theme in 2014 was Alice... More

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Sydney, Australia
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364 attraction reviews
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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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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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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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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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