Florence Griswold Museum

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Visiting the Florence Griswold Museum
Florence Griswold Museum

96 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371
860-434-5542 tel
860-434-9778 fax

$10 Adults
$9 Seniors
$8 Students
Free to visitors 12 and under

Krieble Gallery and Griswold House
Tuesday - Saturday, 10-5
and Sunday, 1-5

Chadwick Studio and
Rafal Landscape Center

First Sunday in April through October

Café Flo
2014 Season June 1 through November 2
Tuesdays through Saturdays 11:30am-3pm
(last seating at 2:30pm) and Sundays 1-4pm (last seating at 3:30pm).

The Museum is closed on Mondays, New Years Day, Easter, July 4, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Please note special hours and pricing October 3 through November 2

Tuesday - Saturday, 10-5 and Sunday, 11am-5pm

$15 Adults
$14 Seniors (62+)
$13 Students
$5 Members
Children 12 and under are free

During this time, Museum passes, Library passes, 2-for-1 offers, and other discounts apply to the regular admission fee. All visitors are responsible for the additional special event admission.

Admission includes access to the Wee Faerie Village outdoor exhibition and the special exhibitions, as well as the historic Florence Griswold House and the rest of the Museum's facilities.

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Getting Here

The Museum is located in Southeastern Connecticut, halfway between New York and Boston.

By Car
Traveling on I-95 South from Mystic or Rhode Island:
Take EXIT 70; at bottom of exit ramp, turn RIGHT onto Lyme Street. The Museum is the second building on the LEFT

Traveling on I-95 North from New Haven:
Come over the bridge at the mouth of the Connecticut River. Stay in the RIGHT lane. Take EXIT 70; at the bottom of the exit ramp, turn LEFT at light onto Route 156. Turn RIGHT at second traffic light onto Halls Road. Take Halls Road to the end. At the end, take a LEFT at the light onto Lyme Street. The Museum is the second building on the LEFT. There are brown state highway signs marking the way.

When coming from Hartford:
take I-91 South to Route 9 South. Follow Route 9 to the end and get on I-95 going North and follow the directions above. Ample free parking is available.

By Train
From New York
Take Metro-North and connect to Shore Line East in New Haven to Old Saybrook. There is limited bus service from Old Saybrook to Old Lyme using 9 Town Transit. The bus runs Monday through Friday.

By Boat
f you are cruising the waters of Long Island sound and want to pay a visit to the bucolic town of Old Lyme and it's renowned museums and art galleries, a short trip up the mouth of the Connecticut river on your portside-lattitude 41.2838-longitude 72.35119-you will see the "Saybrook Point Marina Inn and Spa" A luxurious full service marina with dockspace for all sized vessels-concierge services available including livery service-just a short 5 minute ride over the river to the museum. For more information please call 860-395-3080. Further up river before the two bridges on your starboard side is "The Old Lyme Dock Co" a small full service marina that will gladly arrange for transportation to the museum -if you enjoy a nice walk, the museum can be reached on foot from this location . For more information please call 860-434-2267. Beyond the two bridges also on your starboard side is the "Old Lyme Marina" a full service marina within walking distance of the town center and the museum for additional information please call 860-434-1272.

Approximate Driving Times
Boston, MA 2 hours
Exeter, NH 3 hours
Hartford, CT 45 minutes
Mystic, CT 25 minutes
New Haven, CT 45 minutes
New York, NY 2.5 hours
Providence, RI 1.25 hours
Portland, ME 3.75 hours
Worcester, MA 1.25 hours

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Abundant handicap parking is available.

Specially designed pathways make much of the Museum’s 11-acres accessible by wheelchair.

The Hartman Education Center and Krieble Gallery are fully accessible and have handicapped restrooms.

The first floor (historic rooms) of the Griswold House may be accessed using a ramp.

The 2nd floor of the House is not accessible by wheelchair.

The interior of the Chadwick Studio is not accessible by wheelchair.

Introductory video is closed caption for the hearing impaire

Two wheelchairs are available for use while in Gallery.


Guidelines for Painters & Painting Classes

Please use these guidelines to help you prepare for a successful day of painting at the Florence Griswold Museum.

RESERVATIONS: Please contact the Museum several days before you or your group wish to visit by calling the Education Department (David D.J. Rau, Director of Education & Outreach at (860) 434-5542, ext. 115 or via email at david@flogris.org. Groups failing to reserve will be asked to leave and return at a scheduled time.

SIGN IN UPON ARRIVAL: Painters are asked to please sign in at the front desk of the Museum (located in the lobby of the Krieble Gallery). It is helpful to Museum staff to know which groups are on the grounds each day so that we may better serve all of our visitors.

HOURS OF OPERATION: The Museum grounds are open to the general public Tuesday-Saturday, 10:00 am-5:00 p.m., and Sunday 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. from April-December.

PARKING: Painters are asked to park in the far parking lot. This is the same lot used by the Museum staff. Please reserve the closest lot for our Museum visitors. The driveway north of the property is a fire lane and is NOT to be used for parking at any time.

FACILITIES: Restrooms are available for your use in the Krieble Gallery and Hartman Education Center (Sundays 1-5, and by chance during the week).

PAINTING ON THE VERANDA: Painters are asked NOT to paint on the stone patio nor the veranda that surrounds the Marshfield House and the Krieble Gallery.

WET PAINTINGS: Painters are NOT allowed to bring wet paintings into any of the Museum buildings with the exception of the Hartman Education Center.

NO PETS: Painters are asked NOT to bring their pets onto the Museum grounds during a painting session.

GALLERY ADMISSION: The Krieble Gallery and Florence Griswold House are available by admission tickets only. Tickets can be purchased at the Museum's front desk for $7 for adults, $6 for seniors (62+) and students, $4 for children ages 6-12. Museum members and children under age 6 are FREE.

CONTACT: If you have any questions please contact David D.J. Rau, Director of Education & Outreach at (860) 434-5542, ext. 115.

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
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