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“An Incredible Folk Art Exhibit”

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 August 23, 2014

On a recent walk though our neighborhood we happened upon a neighbor who told us about a folk art exhibit at this museum. We had heard of this this museum but in our 50 years of living in Connecticut had never made a visit. This weekend we were entertaining friends from New York and suggested to them that we spend a day in Old Lyme and visit the Griswold Museum. We are very small collectors of Folk Art and earlier this year visited the American Folk Art Museum in New York City so we were excited about this day trip.

The exhibit "The Art of Everyman" represents only a portion of the collection from the Fenimore Art Museum. The pieces were beautifully representative of some of the work we love to view and because of this experience are planning a trip to upstate New York to visit the Fenimore.

Since we were there we also visited the Griswold boarding house which had representative art work of the Lyme Art Colony that existed at about the turn of the past century. A 10 minute film introduced us to the Art colony and to the many artists who worked and lived there. In the main house we were treated to a docent named Roberta who took us around the boarding house explains several artifacts and painting on the walls and doors. She made this visit exceptionally special. As it turned out Roberta originally came from the same place as we and our weekend guests came from so we quickly related and talked about common experiences.

Another high point was the scenery in the rear of the museum with the landscape, river and the sculpture spitting water in the form of vapors throughout the scene. We sat for an hour on the veranda just taking in the beauty and realizing how inspired the artist must have been in this colony. This trip was extrodinary and we loved this experience.

Thank Rohrshack
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Reviewed August 13, 2014

We came here as a whole school to view "The Land of Oz" as many of the students' artwork was included in "Munchkinland". It was definitely an enjoyable day both for the students and adults alike :)

Thank CH1221
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Reviewed August 6, 2014

The story behind the museum and the house is so interesting; the art is beautiful, and the location is wonderful! The setting on the Connecticut River is so beautiful and relaxing. The docents are lovely, friendly, and very well informed. Enjoy your afternoon.

Thank nancy39
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Reviewed August 2, 2014

Rather tucked away but well worth seeking out. Contains a great collection of US impressionism as part of a larger campus.

Thank Martin V
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Reviewed June 21, 2014

We were taking a trip to Old Saybrook and a friend told us about this museum. What a wonderful find! We learned about the Old Lyme school of art and Florence Griswold. There is a great deal of the tonality/impressionist art all through the house. Especially don't miss the dining room. Then there are the lovely gardens and the little cafe on the river. What a lovely place!

Thank lovesinns
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