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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 2013
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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Connecticut
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW 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
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

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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106 reviews 106 reviews
46 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 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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29 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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NYC
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Glastonbury
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5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The museum, house, and grounds are all kept up nicely. There's lots of nice American art work from the early 1900's and great period furniture in the house. The volunteer staff is very helpful and friendly. The museum rooms are very spacious and open. It's a nice place to spend a few hours.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

This museum, in a town once known as an artists colony, has an excellent collection of American impressionist painting.

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Danbury, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013 via mobile

We really enjoyed seeing the home and hearing the history of the artists' colony. It is beautifully kept and the impressionist art is wonderful.

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