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Florence Griswold Museum

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Address: 96 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371-1426
Phone Number: +1 860-434-5542
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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I will return whenever I have guests

The venue is beautiful. The guides within the museum are very knowledgeable and me the experience extra interesting. I had baked chicken and risotto with truffle oil which made me... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
South Lyme ct
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South Lyme ct
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The venue is beautiful. The guides within the museum are very knowledgeable and me the experience extra interesting. I had baked chicken and risotto with truffle oil which made me return the same month and order the same luncheon.

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Cape Coral, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The October 2016 display outdoors at the museum was called "A Flutter in Time - Faerie Houses Around the World & Across the Ages"and included 32 tiny fascinating displays from Mesa Verde to the "Eyeful" tower. A brochure explained each display and listed the inventive individuals or groups that developed each one. This was my first time to visit so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 1, 2016 via mobile

My family first came to know of the museum through a class trip. We were given coupons for free entry and decided to make a day of it. It was a fantastic surprise. On the day we went the whole family was able to paint our own impressionist painting. We were given all the tools we needed and headed out... More 

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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

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 October 10, 2016

"...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 

Thank HelvetiaCH
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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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