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Florence Griswold Museum

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Address: 96 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371-1426
Phone Number: 860-434-5542
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Sun 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tue - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Patroness Florence Griswold opened her boarding house to a group of artists...

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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Annual Wee Faerie Village exhibits at Florence Griswold Museum

We went to this year's annual Wee Faerie Village exhibits, and enjoyed not only the natural landscape, but the tiny houses representing places not over around the world, but... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Old Lyme, Connecticut
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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this year's annual Wee Faerie Village exhibits, and enjoyed not only the natural landscape, but the tiny houses representing places not over around the world, but across timeframes. Each had a little part of the exhibit to find in the display, which fascinated people to try to find each one. The museum is quite large and has... More 

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Ridgefield, CT USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

"...Lyme and art are synonymous", Florence Griswold wrote.And it was because of art we visited Florence Griswold Museum.It happened to be The Home of American Impressionism. Miss Florence was about 50 years old when she inherited the house.Being unmarried and having no siblings, she started taking boarders to make money for living and to deal with the debts. In the... More 

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Fairfield, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

This was our first time here. There are several places to see: museum, gardens, house. We were able to see the gardens and home. The gardens were lovely and the views along the river were lovely. We did a self-taught of the house. It was very enjoyable seeing the different rooms and furnishings and reading about the history of the... More 

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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

A superb American Impressionism exhibit was showing while were visiting. We loved it all. The garden was lovely although I would have liked for things to have been labeled. The house was wonderful and the history was fascinating. I was intrigued by the questions in each room challenging you to find certain little things in the room. Made it really... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

The old house is still the best part, with its amazing dining room adorned with panels painted by Impressionists on holiday rooming at Ms. Florence's. One can almost imagine them sauntering in, daubed with paint and primed for exuberant debates about art and society, answering the dinner bell. Interesting link to American political history as well, through Mrs. Woodrow Wilson.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

The museum is located on the edge of the Lieutenant River,and offers a treat for the senses.We toured the current exhibit,American Impressionism and the Garden Movement 1887-1920.Thoroughly enjoyed it! We then toured the Florence Griswold House and were treated to a very informative tour about Miss Griswold and the Artist Colony.A delicious lunch at Club Flo was the icing on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

This is one of our favorite places to visit. The Fairy Villages are unbelievable and so interesting. This museum is not to be be missed! There is something for all ages!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

This hidden gem is a must see museum for anyone interested in American impressionism. The property includes a modern museum as well as the original boarding house where artists stayed during summers. The house still contains many of their paintings and most charmingly, a dining room where the artists were invited to paint pictures on the wooden paneling. It is... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Beautiful works of art. Would have preferred a guided tour of the museum. But an interesting collection and garden

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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

This is a wonderful small museum (art) and a further house museum complete with painted panels on doors and in the dining room. Very friendly staff (with great restaurant suggestions too!) and a beautiful garden complete a lovely way to spend a morning with a dear friend. Can't wait to see what they decide to do with their new land... More 

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