We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Florence Griswold Museum

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 96 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371-1426
Phone Number:
+1 860-434-5542
13:00 - 17:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun 13:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

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.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 174 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 132
  • 38
    Very good
  • 3
  • 0
  • 0
A Real Gem

Whether you are there to visit a special collection, the standard exhibits or the beautiful gardens, this is a place to visit. It is set on the peaceful banks of the Lieutenant... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2016
Old Lyme, Connecticut
Add Photo Write a Review

174 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 173: English reviews
Old Lyme, Connecticut
Level Contributor
19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

Whether you are there to visit a special collection, the standard exhibits or the beautiful gardens, this is a place to visit. It is set on the peaceful banks of the Lieutenant River and is such a wonderful place to spend an afternoon!

1 Thank JRR-OLS
Bristol, Connecticut
Level Contributor
420 reviews
168 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 July 2016

We arrived too late to visit the museum but walked the grounds, visited the gardens, and sat under a huge Nissa tree along the water. The grounds are beautiful with well kept flower beds. The building too were beautiful. Just a delightful place for a stroll and conversation by the water. Will return soon for the house tour and a... More 

Thank jer b
Lapeer, Michigan
Level Contributor
24 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2016

This beautiful house has so much character and life, from the architecture to the furnishings every detail is another delight. The painting both on display and on the wall boards are gorgeous. So much to see!

Thank kateclark2015
Level Contributor
53 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

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!

Thank hollyPennsylvania
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
7 reviews
Reviewed 14 July 2016

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

Thank Polin2358
Royersford, Pa
Level Contributor
23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

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 

Thank artistgirl1129
Redwood City, California
Level Contributor
21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016

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 

Thank Reenie94061
Arcata, California
Level Contributor
131 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 July 2016

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 

Thank griggs2000
Level Contributor
26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

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 

Thank Anna H
new york city
Level Contributor
45 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

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 

Thank nyc1967

Travellers who viewed Florence Griswold Museum also viewed


Been to Florence Griswold Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Florence Griswold Museum and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
10 months ago

See all questions (1)

Questions? Get answers from Florence Griswold Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?