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Florence Griswold Museum

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Address: 96 Lyme St, Old Lyme, CT 06371
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+1 860-434-5542
10:00 - 17:00
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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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Great little house museum with paintings & furnishings of the period as well as a gallery of rotating art.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Miami Beach, Florida
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Miami Beach, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great little house museum with paintings & furnishings of the period as well as a gallery of rotating art.

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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Anyone interested in American art, especially the Impressionist period should stop by the museum and spend about an hour or so. There are always interesting highlighted displays as well as the Griswold House itself that wonderfully showcase the talents of those artists that spent some time in the area. A must see.

Thank Susan B
Norwich, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

I brought my son here and we had a wonderful day. He loved the scavenger hunt in the main house and the find me & drawing exercises in the Art Museum. The artwork that was on display was really random, and exquisitely captured on the different mediums. The museum attendants were very attentive and knowledgeable. The price was right for... More 

Thank Heather B
Connecticut USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

A 21st century gallery has been added to the famous home of Florence Griswold to make this museum a true destination. In spring summer and fall, enjoy the gardens and bring a picnic lunch to enjoy along the banks of the Lieutenant River. Or, have a delightful meal at the museum's own restaurant with outdoor porch dining in good weather.... More 

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orange county california
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

This lovely old boarding house is so very well preserved you'll feel like you've stepped back in time. Noted artists of the American Impressionist Movement, such as Childe Hassam and Willard Metcalf stayed her, hosted by art lover Florence Griswold. There are works of art by various artists in the house, as well as the amazing dining room, with wall... More 

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Lyme, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles 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 previous owners , lending an authenticity to the house-and the careful application of researched information... More 

Thank anneed
New London, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 details and genuine surprises, such as (for my tastes) the supremacy of the "Colorist" group... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 is a magical experience and the museum offers a array of holiday activities for all... More 

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Davenport, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

Thank yankeegirl48
South Lyme ct
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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