American Impressionism Found Nearby in Old Lyme

Things to Do — By Mike Virgintino on September 18, 2010 at 2:59 am

The Florence Griswold Museum is known as the “Home of American Impressionism.” Located in Old Lyme, it is about 35 miles away from New Haven along Interstate 95. The drive, with normal traffic, will take about 40 minutes.

The museum contains world-class collections of American art. This includes one of the foremost collections of Impressionism in America along with the renowned Hartford Steam Boiler Collection that features works from the 18th to the 20th centuries.

The famed Florence Griswold House is where a colony of some of America ’s most beloved artists lived, laughed and worked. It is the historic centerpiece of the Lyme Art Colony. The doors and walls were painted by more than 30 artists who boarded at the house.

The property includes gardens that inspired the artists and the 1920s studio of Impressionist artist William Chadwick. Art books and unique art gifts can be found at the museum shop. Special exhibits appear for short periods throughout the year.

The Florence Griswold Museum, supported by the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism and the Connecticut Humanities Council, is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday hours are 1 – 5 p.m. It is closed on major holidays. Admission during 2010 is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and $7 for students. Children under 12 years of age are welcome for free.

The museum is located at 96 Lyme Street in Old Lyme (Exit 70 on I-95). Telephone is 860-434-5542.

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