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“Lovely home and gallery”

Florence Griswold Museum
Ranked #1 of 14 things to do in Old Lyme
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: A 13-acre museum campus with a historic home museum, a modern art gallery with changing exhibitions, and gardens and river frontage along the delightful Lieutenant River. Visitors enjoy seasonal events including June's GardenFest and October's Wee Faerie Village. Discovery Sundays (April - September) give visitors of all ages the opportunity to take a mini-lesson in landscape painting and create their own masterpiece on the extensive grounds of the Museum. Visitors can enjoy lunch on the veranda at the outdoor Cafe Flo (May-October), and find unique gifts, exhibition catalogs and more at the Museum Shop. The Museum is named for Miss Florence Griswold, who at the turn of the 20th century opened her home as a boardinghouse which quickly became popular with American artists including Childe Hassam and Willard Metcalf. Museum docents share tales of the Lyme Art Colony and this home of American Impressionism. Check FlorenceGriswoldMuseum.org for a calendar of events and exhibitions.
Reviewed December 28, 2013

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

Thank Cheryl C
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Reviewed December 15, 2013

The museum is a small treasure that often hosts special exhibitions. We went to see the Walker Evans exhibit. We also discovered that there are lovely grounds surrounding the museum. You can explore the paths among some very beautiful plantings. There is a seasonal cafe which was closed for the winter when we visited.

Thank CJ B
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Reviewed December 9, 2013

This museum stands out because of the special exhibits. Fall - Faerie houses, Winter-xmas trees. Go!

Thank cjyap
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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 docents were helpful and informative...There is also a small but nice gift shop that has some hard to find beautiful treasures as gifts or to take home for yourself.

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Reviewed November 29, 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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