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Florence Griswold Museum

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Address: 96 Lyme Stree, Old Lyme, CT 06371
Phone Number: 860-434-5542
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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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Make this a stop if you are near Old Lyme

Stopped here for lunch and a bit of a break while traveling to Cape Cod. The grounds and gardens were beautiful..tour through the home and the art work was the highlight of our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped here for lunch and a bit of a break while traveling to Cape Cod. The grounds and gardens were beautiful..tour through the home and the art work was the highlight of our day! Lunch served at their cafe was absolutely delicious and the outdoor dining along the river made for a perfect respite from the highway!

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A must visit when in Old Lyme. Small but has the essence of Old Lyme artists. Great restaurant attached too 'Flo'.

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Thank Polin2358
Royersford, Pa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my second time visiting this museum. The first time I explored the entire place....gardens, museum and the house. It was amazing to see the paintings done by the artists when the colony existed in earlier times...all the paintings they did on the dining panels in the house, just took my breath away! Being a fan of impressionist painting...this... More 

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Redwood City, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful time here. Had a delicious lunch in the charming cafe which overlooks the river and then visited the American Impressionist exhibit in the museum. The exhibit is extensive and well worth a visit. The house is very interesting and staffed with knowledgeable and friendly docents. We did not walk around the extensive grounds as it started... More 

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Arcata, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Back in the day, the thriving heart of the Old Lyme Art Colony was Florence Griswold’s boarding house on the north side of town. Established in 1899 by American painter Henry Ward Ranger and a number of other artists of the tonalist school. Shortly after the turn of the century, Childe Hassam arrived and led a flourishing school of American... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow - I'm an artist, I love Impressionism. I even traveled to Europe three times to see the artwork there, not realizing the gem that was sitting in my own backyard, more or less. The Florence Griswold Museum was an art colony for Impressionist artists, who would come and stay for the summer. The artwork is outstanding! They also have... More 

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Thank Anna H
new york city
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This review is for the restaurant at the museum - Flo's Café. We stayed at the inn next door and this restaurant was the highlight of my trip. The setting is absolutely stunning, the service is warm, the food was delicious (even the menu is adorable - it is in the shape of an artist's palette). I had the best... More 

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Thank nyc1967
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went with my wife a few days ago. I really enjoyed the river and the house. The art is good but will only be appealing to those who like Impressionism. I was a little bored since I don't particularly like that movement. Its a nice place to spend an hour.

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Thank soctraveler08
Glastonbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

If you like Impressionism, FGM is a must see! Luckily I got perfect weather and after viewing the gallery, I was able to sit by the river and daydream a bit! The gardens were spectacular to walk through. The staff were exceptionally nice and were able to answer all my questions. Glad I visited and will return.

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Thank Patricia B
West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Lived in Connecticut my entire life (I am 70) and this was my first visit to Florence Griswold. What a gem. Beautiful grounds, nicely displayed museum, house filled with paintings and antiques. I was very impressed; I have been recommending this day trip to family and friends.

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