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Florence Griswold Museum

96 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371-1426
+1 860-434-5542
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Small but well appointed period house

The place is set up to illustrate the boarding house where the genteel Miss Florence held court-and... read more

Reviewed 21 December 2016
ANNE R
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New England
Trip back in time, with big plus at rear-stage

This is not just a delightful museum in quaint New England. It is important for a complete... read more

Reviewed 18 December 2016
leefontanella
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New London, Connecticut
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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.
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96 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371-1426
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Reviewed 21 December 2016

The place is set up to illustrate the boarding house where the genteel Miss Florence held court-and provided a warm and welcoming base- for the American Impressionist Art Colony in the early 1900's. Many of the furnishings have been donated back to the Museum by...More

1  Thank ANNE R
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Reviewed 18 December 2016

This is not just a delightful museum in quaint New England. It is important for a complete understanding of a movement in painting a century ago, and it has the flavor of when its contributing artists resided and worked there. It is full of fascinating...More

1  Thank leefontanella
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Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

If you want to be reminded of the beauty of the holidays - plan a visit to the Florence Griswold. We are members and were interested in seeing the newest palettes added to the Artists Trees for their Magic of Christmas 2016 program. It really...More

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Reviewed 9 December 2016

We have lived in CT all our lives but have never visited the Florence Griswold Museum. We visited yesterday and were really impressed. The ladies were very informative. We definitely return again the the summer to enjoy its beauty.

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Reviewed 15 November 2016

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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Reviewed 5 November 2016

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...More

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Reviewed 1 November 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...More

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Reviewed 17 October 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...More

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Reviewed 10 October 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...More

Thank TGaines
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Reviewed 18 September 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...More

Thank Gloria H
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Jerry S
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Dogs area allowed on the grounds and the parking lot has areas that are shaded, so if you are visiting the museum on a cool day, you can safely leave the dog, while you visit the exhibits.
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