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Florence Griswold Museum

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Address: 96 Lyme Stree, Old Lyme, CT 06371
Phone Number: +1 860-434-5542
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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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If you like Impressionism, FGM is a must see! Luckily I got perfect weather and after viewing the gallery, I was able to sit by the river and daydream a bit! The gardens were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 June 2016
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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

I went with my wife a few days ago. I really enjoyed the river and the house. The art is good but will only be appealing to those who like Impressionism. I was a little bored since I don't particularly like that movement. Its a nice place to spend an hour.

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Glastonbury, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

If you like Impressionism, FGM is a must see! Luckily I got perfect weather and after viewing the gallery, I was able to sit by the river and daydream a bit! The gardens were spectacular to walk through. The staff were exceptionally nice and were able to answer all my questions. Glad I visited and will return.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Lived in Connecticut my entire life (I am 70) and this was my first visit to Florence Griswold. What a gem. Beautiful grounds, nicely displayed museum, house filled with paintings and antiques. I was very impressed; I have been recommending this day trip to family and friends.

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Orleans, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016

I've visited twice and learned more each time. The Griswold house, with virtually all its doors painted by visiting artists, especially in the dining room, is not to be missed. The adjacent gallery, in a contemporary building, houses a lovely collection of American Impressionist art in large, well-lighted rooms. The small gift shop is lovely but pricey. The gardens are... More 

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Bayville, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

This lovely old home is now a museum. In the early 1900s artist Henry Ward Ranger told Florence Griswold that the following summer he would bring artist friends up the next summer to board and paint. For more than 20 years the likes of Childe Hassam, Willard Metcalf, and many of the American Impressionists (male and female) came to stay... More 

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New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

This is a delightful riverside restaurant accessible without a museum pass. Fresh light selections of salads and sandwiches with a limited entrée selection primarily fish based. Service is attentive and not rushed. Views of the river with knackers and sweeping lawn to the river's edge. Also, the gardens in front of the museum are worth a viewing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2016

The pictures are from two separate visits. I was told they change the paintings 3-4 times per year. Small museum with a house and gardens on the property that you can tour. There is a small gift shop. The docents are very knowledgeable but since this was my second visit I already knew the history. Just a lovely place to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

We got a real education here about the development of American Impressionism. Who would have guessed?! There is a first rate movie, a diverse and fascinating exhibition called Ten/Forty, and a good docent tour through Florence Griswold's home. Entrance is not inexpensive and basically no reciprocal membership, but worth the money. If one is a Connecticut resident, we understand one... More 

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Ludlow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2016

Very interesting and enjoyable selection of paintings and sculpture representing the collection of art from the region over the last 40 years. Useful background information on each work . A very good experience overall. The house is also well worth a visit with works done by members of the artists colony, although I gave it a miss on this second... More 

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Essex, Connecticut
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2016

Not to be missed for the wonderful American impressionist paintings and the special ehibits but beware the docents in the Flo Griz house. They will talk your arm off.

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