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February 10 - May 28, 2017

Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden

Matilda Browne’s talent was apparent from an early age. By the time she was nine, she had begun informal study with her neighbor Thomas Moran.

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February 10 - May 28, 2017

Beast and Best Friends: Animals at the Lyme Art Colony

To accompany the exhibition Matilda Browne: Idylls of Farm and Garden, this gallery features examples drawn from the museum’s permanent collection and local lenders that provide a context for Browne’s animal painting.

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Ongoing Exhibition

An American Place: The Art Colony at Old Lyme

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.

    Henry Adams, Ruth Coulter Heede Professor of Art History, Case Western Reserve University

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June 3 - June 12


Kick off the garden season in Old Lyme with this exciting series of events that take place in and around the Museum’s historic gardens.

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Celebrating 30 Years

Midsummer Festival

Old Lyme's Midsummer Festival celebrates the town's artistic heritage with two days of festivities.

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September 30 - October 29

Wee Faerie Village

Visitors explore over thirty hand-crafted, faerie-sized homes.

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Exhibition Note: Viewing the River

by Carolyn Wakeman Featured Image: James Welling, 8147, 2016. Inkjet on rag paper. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New...

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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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In Situ:

The Painted Panels

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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  • So you see, at first the artists adopted Lyme, then Lyme adopted the artists, and now, today, Lyme and art are synonymous.

    Florence Griswold, 1937

  • 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

  • We are up here in another old corner of Connecticut and it is very much like your country. There are some very large oaks and chestnuts and many fine hedges. Lyme, or Old Lyme as it is usually called, is at the mouth of the Connecticut River and it really is a pretty fine old town.

    Childe Hassam, 1903

  • The variety in the landscape would drive an artist to distraction. It is a singular mixture of the wild and the tame, of the austere and the cheerful.

    A Visitor to Lyme, 1876



Krieble Gallery

Begin your visit at the Krieble Gallery.

Visit the Krieble House

Florence Griswold House

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.

Visit the Florence Griswold House

Gardens and Grounds

The Museum’s grounds invite exploration.

Explore Gardens and Grounds

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