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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 7 Attractions in Old Lyme
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Art Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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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Lakeville, Massachusetts
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93 reviews 93 reviews
45 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

We spent a delightful afternoon touring this small museum and historic house of artist benefactor Florence Griswold...Her house was a sea captain's home owned by her father, which she turned into an artist colony boarding house during the late 19th century...There is a beautiful collection of New England coastal impressionist paintings there done by famous artists such as Childe Hassam..The... More

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New London CT
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85 reviews 85 reviews
17 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

This is a rare treasure to have so close to home. We enjoyed a lovely leisurely tour of the grounds and inside paintings. We had a marvelous lunch on the patio over looking the river. I look forward to going again.

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Gloucester, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

I took my two 11 year old nieces to see the faerie house exhibit, which I believe is an annual event at the Griswold museum in October. The exhibits by local artisans were very well done, and the kids had great fun trotting all over the property with their map identifying the "eye-spy" items in the magical displays. It is... More

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112 reviews 112 reviews
13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

We decided to take my young grandson to the Wee Faerie Village in the Land of Oz exhibit. Of course he did not understand any of it, but he was interested about certain aspects of the exhibit. It was a way of introducing him to the arts. The grounds of the museum are small, but nice. We were a party... More

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Connecticut
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80 reviews 80 reviews
28 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

We do not live close to the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT, but have visited it on several occasions over the years. Our favorite time is during October when they have their fairy houses on display around the grounds. This year it was themed for the Wizard of Oz and it was just terrific. Imaginative, artistic and engaging.... More

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boston, ma
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Each year since 2009, the museum hosts an outdoor fairy garden exhibit, on the grounds. Each year there is a different theme to the fairy gardens. This year it was the Wizard of Oz and it was absolutely amazing. The creativity, ingenuity, imagination and use of natural and re-purposed materials made me giddy with excitement and wonder. Pure genius. Kids... More

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Buckingham, United Kingdom
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We knew nothing of this place and were therefore delighted to discover the painters and paintings associated with the original house. The museum is a great addition.

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Tucson, Arizona
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82 reviews 82 reviews
20 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

Seeing first-hand where American Impressionist artists met and spent their summers is just ... remarkable. Especially grateful for the detailed explanations about the house, its inhabitants and sadly its gentle demise. How absolutely wonderful to learn about and see how it has been restored and now lovingly cared for and what some future plans are ... Paintings in the house... More

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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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147 reviews 147 reviews
37 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

This museum was a wonderful surprise. It was so much more than we were expecting.The setting was beautiful. The home was perfectly preserved and contained a wonderful story of this artist's "commune" by the river. The art on display was dramatic and diverse. Even though we are not great fans of the impressionistic art, we had a great time wandering... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Impressive renovations to the old home and grounds, keeping the integrity of the contents of the house and art collection as well as the gardens. Loved the addition of the outdoor contemporary water sculpture, and the drifting spray when we visited on a very hot & humid afternoon.

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