In the late 1800’s Florence Griswold opened her timeworn family home to artists searching for a quiet country retreat where they could rejuvenate their spirits and find sources of inspiration. Henry Ward Ranger arrived in 1899 attracted by a landscape “waiting to be painted.” Other prominent artists soon followed and the group became known as the Lyme Art Colony and Miss Florence’s boardinghouse became the center of Impressionism in America. To honor Miss Florence and the Colony, the Florence Griswold Museum was established and has thrived in exciting ways.Visitors to the Museum are treated to a rare opportunity. Not only do they see where and how these early 20th century artists lived and worked, the Museum’s outstanding collection offers the chance to see their paintings in the context of the Connecticut landscape and village where many of the works were created.
In addition to lectures, programs, and hands-on activities, the riverfront gallery features special exhibitions throughout the year.
Free to visitors 12 and under