Florence Griswold Museum

Weddings, Retreats, & Corporate Events

Plan Your Special Event
Located on the banks of the Lieutenant River, the Museum offers a captivating setting for your special event. Come see what drew the American Impressionist artists to paint "en plein air" along the river or in our gardens. You'll be as charmed as they were by the beauty of the landscape.
We can accommodate private parties, weddings, and corporate events for up to 150. Tours of the current exhibition after closing hours may be included by special arrangement. Imagine your gathering held in the very setting that inspired a generation of artists. It will be an event your guests will always remember.

Please call Donna Carlson at 860-434-5542 x 118, she will be happy to help you plan your parties "en plein air."

Booking Request Form

What type of event are you planning?
How many guests do you expect?
What is the preferred date for your event?
Have you visited the Museum before? Yes  |  No
Are you a member of the Museum? Yes  |  No


On the banks of the Lieutenant River

Large parties may be held outdoors under a tent on the Adrian P. Moore Garden Terrace overlooking the Lieutenant River. Smaller parties, meetings, seminars, lectures, workshops, and special events may be held in several buildings throughout the grounds or outside on the covered wrap-around porch with water views.

Highlights and Guidelines of using the Adrian P. Moore Garden Terrace

Exclusive and private use of the Museum’s riverfront facilities during the event. The Adrian P. Moore Garden Terrace is equipped with a catering staging area (electric and water service is provided) and can graciously accommodate gatherings of 150 people under a tent overlooking the Lieutenant River. In addition to the Moore Garden Terrace, the Belding Riverfront Green and veranda of Marshfield (see below) may be used by your guests.

Fees: $6,000 for six hours of use (limited to 150)

· The exhibition in the Krieble Gallery will be open for your guests for the first two hours of the reception.
· An Event Supervisor will be present during the event.
· Convenient guest parking areas.
· Accessible bathrooms.
· Please plan the beginning of your event to coincide with the Museum’s closing time
(5 p.m.) or later.
· Music must be keep to an acceptable volume to accommodate our neighbors.
· For events after 5pm, the curfew for music and the bar is 11:00 pm. The event needs to end and guests depart no later than 12:30 am. Clean - up is the responsibility of the leasing party and should be completed and all parties leave the premises no later than 12:30 am.
· For events on Sunday morning, the event needs to end and guests depart no later than 1:30 pm. Clean-up is the responsibility of the leasing party and should be completed and all parties leave the premises no later than 2:00 pm.
· Please ask for the Museum’s list of preferred vendors. All tents, tables, chairs, dinnerware, glassware or linens needed are rented from outside sources.
· Throwing rice, birdseed, flower petals, potpourri or any other loose material after weddings is prohibited. (Alternatives include bell ringing, blowing bubbles and releasing butterflies).
· Photography is allowed
· Smoking is not permitted in any Museum building.
· Certificate of Event Insurance for the day of the wedding is required.

Highlights and Guidelines of using Marshfield

Marshfield is a large Colonial Revival house that overlooks the Lieutenant River and has four beautifully appointed rooms available for your use. The setting is an ideal one for your groups offsite whole or half day meetings or a special place for your next cocktail party or seated dinner. Welcome your guests at the front door of the house as if it were your own. In warm weather your guests can spill out onto the veranda surrounding the house and the lawn sweeping down to the water. Cocktail parties can include up to 75 people with outside use in warm weather. Seated dinners can be held for up to 50 people, using the living room as dining space and the other rooms for cocktails. Use of the kitchen is available to your caterer, and the Museum is happy to provide a list of caterers, and rental companies for your information.

Fees: Weddings: $3,000 for six hours use of Marshfield House
All other events: $1,500 (members) $1,750 (non-members) for up to three hours of use
$2,500 (members) $2,750 (non-members) for three to six hours of use

In addition to the list above

· In addition to the first floor of Marshfield House, the Belding Riverfront Green and veranda of Marshfield House may be used by guests.
· Use of candles or any open flame is not allowed in Marshfield House
· Music must be keep to an acceptable volume to accommodate our neighbors.
· There is no space for dancing inside Marshfield House.

Events and Weddings
The John and Dyanne Rafal Landscape Center is an historic 19th century barn that has been transformed into a space for discovery. The barn features an exhibition that highlights the significance of the region’s landscape. The building includes program space for workshops, meetings, and lectures.

Gatherings can also be held in the Hartman Education Center. Fashioned as a post and beam barn this creative space is perfect for parties, retreats and teambuilding sessions for up to 40 adults.


What is the capacity for each location?
Adrian P. Moore Garden Terrace: 150
1st floor of Marshfield House: 50 (seated), 75-100 (cocktails)
Hartman Education Center: 40
Rafal Landscape Center: 40 (seated) 60-70 (cocktails)

What is the availability for each location?
Adrian P. Moore Garden Terrace: April-October
Marshfield House: year—round
Hartman Education Center: year—round
Rafal Landscape Center: April-October

How far in advance to do need to reserve? Two-three months in advance for private parties and corporate events. One year in advance for weddings.

How long can my event be?
Weddings, Private/Corporate parties, 5pm to 11pm
Corporate meetings, 8:30 am to 5 pm
Dance Floor: No -- must be rented separately

Do you have an-House Caterer?
No, but see the list of outside caterers on the right.

Are the areas wheelchair accessible? Yes.

Are tables, chairs, tent, china, silver, linen etc. avaialble?
No, they must be rented separately.

Is there a smoking area anywhere on the grounds? No.

Wedding photos by Zlatko Batistich and Iris Photography

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 5; Sunday 1 - 5
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Visitors to the Florence Griswold Museum can explore these highlights:

Florence Griswold House

Krieble Gallery

Hartman Education Center

Grounds & Gardens

Chadwick Studio

Rafal Landscape Center

Brochure Downloads:
Landscape Center

Policies and fees for Weddings

Policies and fees for Private Parties

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Preferred Vendor List


A Thyme to Cook
Linda Sample
426 Northwest Corner Road
North Stonington, CT 06359
(860) 887-5932


Coastal Gourmet
769 Stonington Road (Rt 1)
Stonington, CT 06378
(860) 572-1111


Gourmet Galley
Emily Cushing
P.O. Box 502
Quaker Hill, CT 06375
(860) 415-9589


River Tavern
Jonathan Rapp
23 Main Street
Chester, CT 06412
860 526-9417


Carla Steele
68 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371


Thames River Greenery
Charlotte Hennegan
70 Captains Walk
New London, CT 06320


Equipment Rental

Chase Canopy
Ben Philbrook
Ali Ouellette
4 Nicky's Lane
Mattapoisett, MA 02739


Event Planner

Jubilee Events
Candice Dowling Coppola
The Watch Factory Shoppes
120 Elm Street
Cheshire, Connecticut 06410


Slainte Event Planning & Design
Maggie Bascom
762 Boston Post Rd, Madison, CT 06443
(860) 262-2789

True Event
Sarah True
110 E. Main Street
Clinton, CT,



Bryce Vickmark Photography
Bryce Vickmark
(617) 448-6758


Iris Photography
Michael Shauck
(860) 810-5480



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