Plan Your Visit

Discover Art, History, and Nature


Plan Your Visit

Discover Art, History, and Nature


February 9 to May 12, 2019

Exhibition - The Great Americans: Portraits by Jac Lahav


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November 27 - December 29, hurry, they sell out quickly!

Register now for Christmastime Teas

Celebrate the holidays in style at one of the Museum’s afternoon teas prepared by Gourmet Galley, a caterer known for their delicious flavors and impeccable presentations. Delectable scones with clotted cream, assorted tea sandwiches, and sweets are accompanied by Miss Florence’s Tea, a special blend from Sundial Gardens.

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The Florence Griswold Museum welcomes applications and nominations for the position of Director of Development. As a member of the senior staff, the Director of Development is responsible for planning, cultivating, implementing, and supervising all aspects of the Museum’s fundraising programs.

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September through November

Events Calendar

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The Great Americans: Portraits by Jac Lahav

February 9–May 12

Lahav explores the tension and competition between image and reputation, media fame and history. The larger-than-life portraits depict American icons in unexpected ways through dress and pose, often distorting bodies or altering costumes that we’ve come to see as synonymous with the image of figures like Alexander Hamilton, for example.

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Fragile Earth showcases the diverse approaches taken by ecologically concerned artists today, illustrating the powerful role they play in advocating for environmental causes. The Florence Griswold Museum has commissioned four leading contemporary artists to create new work that incorporates and responds to the natural world. The exhibition builds on the success of the Museum’s 2017 exhibition, Flora/Fauna: The Naturalist Impulse in American Art, which surveyed the history of American artist-naturalists from the 19th to mid-20th centuries.

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Ongoing Exhibition

An American Place

During the first two decades of the 20th century, the village of Old Lyme, Connecticut was the setting for one of the largest and most significant art colonies in America.

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  • The house gives one a feeling for the artist’s life at the turn-of-the century in a way unlike any museum I’ve visited before. I particularly liked the painted panels scattered throughout the house, most notably in the dining room.


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Seasonal Events

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Visitors to the Museum understand immediately the site’s appeal to the artists who stayed at “Miss Florence” Griswold’s boardinghouse over a century ago. Her house, gardens, and river view were favored subjects of her artistic boarders. Highlights include, the annual Garden Luncheon and Blooms with a View.

Join us for this exciting series of events that take place in and around the Museum’s historic gardens. This annual event is a ten-day celebration of the site’s historic gardens, featuring special events, and family activities. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of activities for all ages and interest levels. Most events are free with Museum admission.

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Old Lyme's Midsummer Festival celebrates the town's artistic heritage with two days of festivities!
Join us Friday night for an outdoor concert and dancing, or take part in Saturday’s activities, which include art exhibitions and sales, food trucks, musical performances, artisan fairs, book signings and sales, domestic farm animals, and hands-on kids’ activities.

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November 23, 2018 through January 6, 2019

Magic of Christmas

The holidays are particularly delight-filled at the Florence Griswold Museum!

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History Blog

Glimpses: Christmas with the Yankee Division, 1918

by Amy Kurtz Lansing Featured image: Yankee Division Christmas Menu, 1918. Thomas Nason Papers, Lyme Historical Society Archives, Florence Griswold...

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A New England Identity

Hartford Steam Boiler Collection

The paintings and sculptures in this exhibition are by artists who lived and worked in Connecticut from the late Colonial period to the early 20th century.

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During the first summers of the Lyme art colony the artists began to paint scenes on the door panels of the boardinghouse.

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Race into the Past

Fox Chase

One of the most celebrated works of art at the Florence Griswold Museum is the frieze-like painting titled The Fox Chase (1905) created by Henry Rankin Poore.

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  • It looks like Barbizon, the land of Millet. See the knarled [sic] oaks, the low rolling country. This land has been farmed and cultivated by men, and then allowed to revert back into the arms of mother nature. It is only waiting to be painted.

    — Henry Ward Ranger, 1899



Begin your visit at the Krieble Gallery.

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The Late Georgian mansion was transformed from a wealthy sea captain’s home into a boardinghouse for some of the most noted names in American Impressionism.

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The Museum’s grounds invite exploration.

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