May 25, 2022

Celebrate Miss Florence’s Birthday at the Museum

On Wednesday, Dec. 29, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Florence Griswold Museum celebrates the birthday of the lady who started it all with Happy Birthday Miss Florence: A Hands-On Creative Party.

Miss Florence Griswold was born on Christmas Day in 1850.  Visitors are invited to the Hartman Education Center for cake and a variety of hands-on projects for all ages and skill levels.  In honor of Miss Florence’s love of the instrument, harpist Faith Leitner performs in the Griswold House from 12-2 p.m.

The Griswold House is decorated for the Christmas of 1910, the height of the Lyme Art Colony.

Visitors can see how very differently the holiday was celebrated a century ago.  Find all the items on the scavenger hunt in the historic house and win a prize.  All activities are free with admission and children 12 and under are always free.

While at the Museum visitors can also enjoy the Magic of Christmas, a holiday tradition of decorated trees, and the exhibition With Needle and Brush: Schoolgirl Embroidery from the Connecticut River Valley in the gallery. Children and adults alike can play Can You Find Me? gallery games.

Located on an 11-acre site in the historic village of Old Lyme, the Florence Griswold Museum is known as the Home of American Impressionism.  In addition to the restored Florence Griswold House, where the artists of the Lyme Art Colony lived, the Museum features a modern exhibition gallery, education center, a landscape center, extensive gardens, and a restored artist’s studio.

The Museum is located at 96 Lyme Street, Old Lyme, CT, exit 70 off I-95 and is open year round Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.  Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $7 students, and free to children 12 and under.

For more information, visit the Museum’s web site at or call 860-434-5542